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Vol. XCVI 

The Benevolent Board of 
The Brethren Church 

January 12, 1974 

No. 1 




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In This Issue: 

3 Praise The Lord! (Editorial) 

4 Missionary News 

8 World ReUef Report 

9 ICL Seminar Schedule 

10 News From The Brethren 

11 Sisterhood 

12 "Praise The Lord For Progress" 

in Benevolent Board Areas of 
Service and Care. 

22 Moderator's Manna 

"Praise The Lord For 1974" 

by Rev. Paul Steiner 
24 Church News 

26 World Religious News in Review 
30 Poetry Comer 
32 (Back Cover) An Old Man's Prayer 



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Today's English Version of the New Testament 
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Time: April 30 - May 2 

Place: Ashland, Ohio 

Theme: "Divorce and Remarriage" 

Main Speaker: Dr. Chester Raber, 

Director of Educational Services at Oaklawn 
Center, Elkhart, Indiana. Dr. Raber received 
his Th. D. in Pastoral Care and Counseling 
at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He 
is a capable speaker and group leader. 


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nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing." 
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Volume 96 - 197Jl^ 

Prepared ty 

Bradley E, Weldenhamer 

Librarian , 

Ashland Theological Seminary 


Abbott, Winston 0. 

There Is Only One You, 96:12, June 1, p. 3. 
Alderfer, Owen H. 

Divorce and Remarriage in Church History— a Response, 96j24, November 30, 

P. 12-13. 
Bamhart, Virgil L, 

Moderator's Message, 96«19, October 5, p. I9, 

Moderator's Message, 96:2^, November 30, p. 9« 
Bates, Henry 

People are Funny, 96 i9, April 20, p, 5, 

Why a Brethren Publishing Company, 96:25, December 14, p, lJlf-15, 
Beekley, Mrs, Peggy 

A Missionary Vacation, 961I8, September 21, p, 4-5, 
Benshoff, W. St. Clair 

The Battle for Your Mind, 96:16, August 24, p, 3, 

The Old Testament and New Testament Positions on Peace— Rectmciled or Not, 
96:22, Nov. 2, p. 29-3I, 
Brelner, Lois 

Who Csires? 96:?, March 23, p, 3, 
Brcwnsberger, Jdm 

Decide for Yourself, 96:17, September 7, p, 3, 

A Response to Dr, Stark on ferriage Prom a Biblical Perspective, 96:18, 
September 21, p, 12-13, 
Curtis, William 

Brethren Bi-Llngual Ministry, 96:21, October 19, p. I8-I9, 
Davis, Delia 

Praise the Lord for Modem Day Good Saiaaritans, 96:3, January 26, p. 3-4, 
Dodds, Myron W, 

Proclaiming God's Eternal Truth, 96il4, May 2?, p. 16-20, 
Doerr, Arthur K, 

The Bounds of Earth. 96:17. September 7, p. 24-26, 
Drushal, Mrs. Mary Ellen 

Vacation Bible School. 96:12, June 1, p, 12, 
Faw, Chalmer B, 

The Agony and the Ecstasy. 96:10, May 4, p, 4-5, 
Flora, Jerry R, 

The Ethic for Divorce and Remarriage as Set Forth by Jesus— a Response, 
96:22, November 2, p. 18-19. 
Gerber, Vergil 

New Kind of Workshop Giving Spark to Church Growth, 96:22, November 2, p. 4-7, 
Gough, Louis F, 

The Ethic for Divorce and Remarriage as Set Forth by Jesus. 96:22, November 
2, p. 16-18, 

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Graffam, Mrs. Lillian 

Christian Love Cares. 96:8, April 6, p. 1^1-16. 

Married to a Traveling Kan. 96*7, March 23, p. 11. 
Graham, Billy 

A Spiritual Awakening, 96i26, December 28, p. 22-2'»'. 

The Twentieth Centuryi Advance or Retreat? 961I7, September 7, p. 22-23. 
Gulleson, Jeffrey E. 

How to Pray for Your Missionary. 96«26, December 28, p. 6-7. 
Ha, Jenny 

God Provided an Opportunity. 96:19t October 5, p. 11, 
Hayden, Edwin V. 

No Heroes? 96 t9, April 20, p, 3-4, 
Hollinger, Gene R, 

A Summary of the History of Divorce and Remsirriage in the Early Church and 
Brethren Church. 96i24, November 30, p. 10-11, 
Ingraham, M, Virgil 

Health Center Report. 96 il, January 12, p. h, 
Izant, Linda 

Might We Be Facing Future Shock? 96126, December 28, p, 3, 
Kent, Wendell E, 

The Christians, 96tl3, June 29, p, 3, 
Kemer, William H. 

A Response on Marriage and Divorce, 96:22, November 2, p, 20-21, 
Kuns, Richard R, 

Marriage in Its Ancient Near Eastern Context — a Response, 96:18, September 

. il, p, 10-11, 
Lockerbie, D, Bruce 

The Mama Zebedee Complex. 96:24, November 30, p, 28-29, 

Someljimes You Can See Better With One Eye. 96:21, October 19, p, 3. 
Logan, Mrs, Edna 

Nigerian Study Tour - 

Part I, 96:14, July 27, p. I2-I3, 
Part II, 96:15, August 10, p. 4-6, 
Part III, 96«17f September 7, P. 10-12, 
Loi, David 

God's Leading Toward Missionairy Service In Malaysia, 96:23, November I6, 
p. 6-7, 

God's Miracle Brought Me to the States* 96:19, October 5, p, 10-11, 
Lowmaster, Charles 

Divorce emd Remarriage in Church History, 96:24, November 30, p, 13-1'<-. 

The Mission of the Church. 96«15, August 10, p, 26-27. 
Matthews, Arthur H. 

To Pray, to Plan,,, to Work Together, 96tl7, September 7, P. 18r20, 
Miller, Marcus 

But the Dunkers Weep, 96:15, August 10, p. 28-29. 
Miranda, Juan Carlos 

The First — Was a Success, 96:1, January 12, p, 6-7, 

Operacion Zavalla. 96tl6, August 24, p, 12-13. 
Moore, Brian H. 

Love's Supremacy, 96:6, March 9, p, 19-21. 
Porte, William S, 

How to Communicate With the Creator of the Universe, 96:3, January 26, 
p. 20-21, 
Bobrer, Norman B. 

Religion In Review: 1974— a Leaderless P&rade. 96:26, December 28, p, 9-12. 


Roussaki, Peter E, 

Foundational Hynin Talks for Morning Worship - 
Part I. 961I6, August 2k, p. 22-23. 
Part II. 961I7, September 7, p. 21. 
Part III. 96:19, October 5, P. 18. 
Pai-t IV. 96:21, October 19, p. 28-29. 

The Multiplied Ministry. 96i2'f, November 30, p. 26-2?. 
Rowsey, John D. 

Church Growth and Church Extension. 96:21, October 19, p. Ik, 
Schuster, George 

The Big? 96:6, March 9, p. 3. 

Does History Repeat Itself? 96:10, May k, p. % 

Hills or Pills? 96 »5, February 23, p. 3. 

Praise the Lord! 96:1, January 12, p. 3. 

What Is on Our Young People's Minds? 96:19, October 5, p. 3-5. 
ShiJ-tz, Josejii R. 

A Decade to Celebrate the Seminary and the Church. 96:21, October 19, p. k-6. 
Smith, Roy L, 

How God Compliments Us. 96:23, November 16, p. 3, 

Starting the Day With Confidenca. 96:22, November 2, p. 3, 

That Was Yesterday. 96:18, September 21, p. 3. 

When Anxiety Explodes. 96:1^1, July 27, p. 3. 
Solomon, George W. 

Go Derby Grow! 96:21, October 19, p. 16. 
Solomon, Kenneth L. 

An Encounter. 96:10, Kay 4, p. 6-7. 

The First Brethren Converts in Columbia, 96:14, July 27, p. 14-15. 

First Impressions of Columbia. 96:5, February 23, p. 6-7, 

Open Doors Found In Colombia. 96:12, June 1, p. 4, 

Operation Andrew. 96:13, June 29, p. 4-5. 

Operation Friendship. 96:8, March 23, p. 4-5, 

Operation Sowing, 96:9, April 20, p. 14-15, 
Stark, Bruce C. 

Marriage and the Family. 96:18, September 21, p. 8-9, 
Stein er, Paul David 

Moderator's Manna. 96:6, March 9, p. 4, 

Moderator's Manna. 96:9, April 20, p. 6, 

Moderator's Manna. 96:12, June 1, p. I3. 

Moderator's Manna, 96:13, June 27, p. 27. 

Ptaise the Lord for 1974. 96:1, January 12, p, 22. 

Sxjrveyi Your Moderator Wants to Know. 96:5, February 23, p. 22-23. 

Vision, Ventttre, and Victory. 96:l6, August 24, p, 4-9. 
Stombaugh, David 

Abortion Is Killing You, America, 96i23, November I6, p, 23-24, 
Simmy, Beverly 

15 Positive Tests for Action. 96:25, December 14, p. 9, 

GAF, 961I6, August 26, p. 16-17. 

Money Saving Hints for Retirees, 96:17, September 7, P. 8. 

National Interfaith Coalition on Aging, 961I9, October 5, p. 8-9, 

Who Are the Elderly? 96i22, November 2, p, 25, 
Ttnkel, Paul 

A Day of Praise, 96:25, December 14, 'p. 4-5, 

A Step of Faith, 96:21, October 19, p, 17-18, 
Uriiobo, Emmanual 

The Challenge of Nationhood. 96:24, November 30, p, 4-6, 


Wagner, C, Peter 

Concepts of Evangelism Have Changed Over the Years. 96il9t October 5i 
p. 13-15. 
Walk, William 

First Impressions. 96:23, November 16, p. 7. 
Winter, Sharon 

Greetings from Argentina. 96«13, June 29, p. 8-9. 
Winter, William 

Missionary Technician— Answer to Prayer. 96i23, November 16, p. 4-5, 
Yarlan, Sandy 

My First Experience at the Brethren National Conference, 961I7, September 
7, p. 5. 




Abortion Is Killing You, America. I&vid Stombaugh. 96«23, November 16, 
p. 23-24. 

At Ashland College and Seminary We Have Joined the Action People. Virgil 
Meyer, 96:18, September 21, p. 18. 

Were You There When the Crowd Cleared? 96:10, May 4, p. 23. 

A Decadffi to Celebrate the Seminary and. the Church. Joseph R. Shultz. 
96:21, October 19, p. 4-6. 

News Prom Ashland Theological Seminary. 96:16, August 24, p. 15. 

The Ronk Memorial Project. 96:11, May 18, p. 7. 

National Interfalth Coalition on Aging. Beverly Summy. 96:19, October 5, 
p. 8-9. 

Praise the Lord for Progress in Ashland, 96:1, Janiary 12, p. 14-17. 

Praise the Lord for Progress in Flora, 96:1, January 12, p. 12-13. 

Praise the Lord for Progress in Giving, 96:1, January 12, p. 20-21. 

Praise the Lord for Progress in Pennsylvania. 96:1, January 12, p. 19 . 

Praise the Lord for Progress In South Bend. 96:1, January 12, p. 18. 

Praise the Lord for Progress in Ashland, 96:1, January 12, p. 14-17, 

Praise the Lord for Progress in Pennsylvania, 96:1, January 12, p. I9. 

250th Anniversary Celebration, Indiana District, 96:11, May 18, p. 26-27. 

The Ninety-First Conference of Brethren Chtxrehi of the Ohio District, 96:11, 
May 18, p. 4-6. 

Northern Ohio 250th Anniversary Celebration. 96:14, July 27, p. 26. 

87th Conference of the Southeastern District of The Brethren Church. 96:17, 
September 7, p. 6-7. 

My First Experience at the Brethren National Ccmference. Sandy Yarlan. 
96:17, September 7, p. 5. 

Vision, Venture and Vlctoary. Paul ftivid Stelner. 96:16, August 24, p. 4-9. 



Sujnnary of Moderator's Manna Survey, 961I7, September 7, p. I6-I7. 

V/hy a Brethen Publishing Company? Henry Bates. 96:25, December I'f, p. 1^-15. 

The Brethren's Home of Indiana, Inc. 9613, Jantiary 26, p. 14^-17. 

Meet Brethren Village. 96:3, January 26, p, 12-13. 

Praise the Lord for Progress in Flora, 96:1, Jamuary 12, p, 12-13. 

Developing Dynamic Church Leaders. 96:24, November 30, p. 16. 

ICL Expansion Helps Churches Grow, 96:1', Janviary 12, p, 9» 

Vacation Bible School. Ifery Ellen Drushal, 96:12, June 1, p, 12. 

The Mission of the Church, Charles Lowmaster, 96:15, August 10, p. 26-27. 

Who Rules the Russian Church? Alexander Solzhenitsyn, 96:1^^, July 27, 
p. 6-8. 

Church Growth and Church Extension. John D, Rowsey. 96i21, October 19, 
p. I'*. 

Chvirch Growth and The Brethren Church. 96:22, November 2, p, 11-12, 

Church Growth Seminar Profile, 96:22, November 2, p. 10-11, 

New Kind of Workshop Giving Spark to Church Growth. Vergil Gerber, 96:22, 
November 2, p, 4-7, 

Your Finest Hour. 96:22, November 2, p, 10, 

Foundational Hymn Talks for Morning Worship, Peter E, Roussakl, 
Part I, 96:16, August 2k, p, 22-23. 
Part II, 96il7i September 7, p. 21« 
Part III, 96:19, October 5, p. 18. 
Port IV, 96:21, October 19, p. 28-29. 

15 Positive Tests for Action, Beverly Summy, 96:25, December 14, p, 9, 

GAF, Beverly Summy. 96«l6, August 2k, p, I6-I7, 

National Interfaith Coalition on Aging, Beverly Simmy, 96:19, October 5i 
p. 8-9. 

Who Are the Elderly? Beverly Summy, 96:22, November 2, p, 25, 

Lanark, HI, 96:15, August 10, p. 23, 

Milledgeville, 111, 96:6, ferch 9, p. 8, 

Bradenton, 96i21, October 19, p, 15, 

Sarasota, 96:1, January 12, p, 25. 

Sarasota, 96 «5, February 23, p, 25, 

Sarasota, 96:14, July 27, p. 23, 

Sarasota, 96:15, August 10, p, 21, 

Sarasota, 96:24, November 30, p, I9, 

Burlington. 96:6, March 9, p, 8. 

Burlington, 96:14, July 27, p. 25« 

College Comer. 961IO, May 4, p. 24. 

County Line. 96:15f August 10, p. 23. 

Fort Wayne. A Step of Faith. 96:21, October 19, p. 17-18. 

Port Wayne, 96:24, December 14, p. 4-5, 


Mexico. 96xVi, July 2?, p. Z^i, 

North Liberty. 96 J 12, June 1, p. 29. 

North Manchester, 96:11, May 18, p. 24. 

North hfeinchester. 96:22, November 2, p. Ik. 

C&kville. 96:3, January 26, p. 28. 

C&kville. 96 J 15 f August 10, p. 22. 

South Bend. 96:12, Jvme 1, p. 29. 

Twelve Nile. 96:22, November 2, p. 15 . 

Derby, Kansas. Go Derby Grow! 96:21, October 19, p. I6-I7. 

Falls City, Nebraska. 96:1, Janviary 12, p. 25. 

Palls City, Nebraska. 96:10, I-ky 4, p.25. 

Morrill, Kansas. 96:6, hkrch 9, P» 8. 

lathrop, 96:10, May k, p. 25, 

Canton. 96i9i April 20, p. 25, 

Louisville, 96il, January 12, p, Zk, 

Mansfield. 96:25, December l-^-, p. 21, 

Massillon. Leap of Faith By I-iassillon, Ohio, 96:22, November 2, p. 8, 

Pleasant Kill. 96:13. June 29, p. I5-I8. 

Smithville, 96:14, July 2?, p. 25. 

Wllliamstown. 96:14, July 27, p. 27. 

Brush Valley. 96:9. April 20, p, 25. 

Jones Mills. 96:9, April 20, p. 24. 

fesontown, 96:6, March 9. p. 8, 

Pittsburgh. 96:10, May 4, p. 24, / 

Waynesboro. 96:5, February 23, p. 24. 

Waynesboro, 96:10, May 4, td. 25, 

Haigerstown, Maryland. 96:3. January 26, p. 27. 

Mathias, West Virginia. 96:11, Ifey 18, p. 25, 

Washington, D.C. 96:13, June 29, p. 21. 

The Bounds of Earth. Arthur H, Doerr, 96:17, September 7, p. 24-26. 

The Battle for Your Mind. W. St. Clair Benshoff. 96:16, August 24, p. 3. 

The Big? George Schuster, 96:6, March 9, p. 3. 

The Christians, Wendell E. Keait. 96:13, June 29, p. 3, 

Does History Repeat Itself? George Shuster, 96:10, Kay 4, p, 3, 

Hills or Pills? George Schuster, 96:5, February 23, p. 3. 

How God Compliments Us. Roy L. Smith. 96:23, November 16, p, 3, 

The Incomparable Christ, 96:24, November 30, p, 3. 

Might We Be Facing Future Shock? Linda Izant. 96126, December 28, p. 3, 

No Heroes? Edwin V. Hayden, 96:?, April 20, p. 3-4. 

Praise the Lordl George Schuster. 96:1, January 12, p, 3» 

PXaise the Lord for Modem Day Good Samaritans, Delia I^vls, 96i3« 
Jantary 26, p. 3-4» 

Sometimes You Can See Better With One Eye, D, Bruce Lockerbie. 96:21, 
October 19. p, 3-5. 

Starting the Day With Confidence. Roy L. Smith, 96i22, November 2, p, 3» 

That Was Yesterday. Roy L. Smith. 96:18, September 21, p, 3. 

There Is Only One You, Winston Abbott, 96il2, June 1, p, 3, 

What Is On Our Young People's Minds? George Schuster, 96::19, October 3. 
p. 3-5. 

When Anxiety Explodes. Roy L. Smith. 96:1'!^, July 2?, p. 3, 
Who Caxes? Lois Breiner. 96 j?, March 23, p. 3, 

Concepts of Evangelism Have Changed Over the Years. C. Peter Wagner. 

961I9, October 5. P. 13-15. 
International Congress on World Evangelization* 

96:9, April 20, p. 8-9. . , 

96:13, June 29, p. 10-11. '. 

96:i/^, July 2?, p. 4-5. 

96:15, August 10, p. 15. 

96:16, Augxist 24, p. 28-29. 

96:19, October 5. P. 24. 
To ftray, to Han... to Work Together. Arthur H. Matthews. 96:1?, 

September 7, p. 18-20. 

The Family Reaching Families. 96:26, December 28, p. 18. 

Love's Supremacy. Brian H. Moore. 96:6, ferch 9, p. I9-2I. 

Divorce and Remairiage in Church History— a Response. Owen H, Alderfer, 

96:24, November 30, p. 12-13. 
Divorce and Renarriage in Church History— a Response. Charles Lowmaster. 

96:24, November 30, p. 13-14. 
The Ethic for Divorce and Remarriage as Set Forth by Jesus. Louis F, Gough. 

96:22, November 2, p. I6-I8. 
The Ethic for Divorce and Remarriage as Set Forth by Jesus— a Response. 

Jerry Flora. 96:22, November 2, p. 18-19. 
Jfeirriage and the Family. Bruce Stark. 96:18, September 21, p. 8-9. 
ferriage in Its Ancient Neax Eastern Context— a Response. Richard R. 

Kuns. 96:18, September 21, p. 10-11. 
A Response on Marriage and Divorce. William H. Kemer. 96:22, November 

2, p. 20-21. 
A Response to Dr. Stark en Iferriage Prom a Biblical Perspective. John 

BroKnsberger. 96:18, September 21, p. 12-13 . 
A Summary of the History of Divorce and Remarriage in the Early Church and 

Brethren Church. Gene R. Hollinger, 96:24, November 30, p. 10-11, 

Myers, Lester E. 96:12, June 1, p. 11 

In Pursuit of the Sheepskin, Keep the Shej^erd in Sig^t. Jin Geaslen. 

96:12, June 1, p. I5. 
Eroclaiming the Good News. Virgil Meyer. 96:12, June 1, p. 14, 
Seminary and Me. Gerald L, Peck. 96:12, June 1, p, I7. 


How to Pray for Your Missionary, Jeffrey E, GuUeson. 96:26, December 

28, p. 6-7. 

The First— Was a Success. Jraan Carlos Miranda. 96:1, Jamuary 12, p. 6-7. 
Greetings from Argentina. Sharon Winter. 96:13, Jtmo 29, p. 8-9. 
Missionary Technician— Answer to Prajrer. William Winter, 96:23, November 

16, p, 4-5. 
New Structural Tent Ready to Go, , 96:3, January 26, p. 8. 
Operaclon Zavalla. Jiuan Carlos Miranda. 96:16, August 24, p. 12-13, 
Bebecca's Third Letter, 96:9. April 20, p, II-I3, 



Brethren Bi-Llngual Ministry. William Curtis. 96«21, October 19, 
p. 18-19. 

Ministry to the Spanish Speaking. 96 t 8, April 6, p. 6-7. 

About Learning Centers - 

Part I. 96j7, March 23, p. 21. 
Part II. 9618, April 6, p. 8. 
Part III. 9619, April 20, p. I3. 

Epic of the Towel. 96:6, Farch 9, P. 16. 

Expressing Bible Truth. 96*11, Hay 18, p. 30. 

Focus on the Big People. 961I, January 12, p. 5. 

His Jewels. 96:10, fey ^, p. ?. 

Learning Center VJorkshops. 96;1'J-, July 2?, p. 15. 

Lord's Prayer Review. 96:25, December 14, p. 7, 

Ode to Deborah. 96:25, August Zh-, p. 8. 

On the Road. 96:17, September 7. P. 13. 

One Down— Six to Go, 96:16, August 2k, p. 10. 

Orthokeratology. 96:24, November 30, p. 6-8. 

P.S. to Summer Workshops' Reports. 96:19, October 5, ?• 12. 

A Quiet Place. 96:21, October 19, p. 20. 

Staff Accepts Consultant Role. 96:22, November 2, p. 9. 

A Tall Order. 96:3, January 26, p. 9. 

Thoughts in the Shade. 96:5. February 23, p. 11. 

Advances in Colombia. 96:15, August 10, p. 7-8. 

An Encounter. 96:10, May 4, p. 6-7. 

The First Brethren Converts in Colombia. Kenneth L, Solomon, 96:14, 
July 27, p. 14-15. 

First Impressions of Colombia. Kenneth L. Solomon, 96:5, February 23i ■ 
p, 6-7, 

Hamel Preaches in M^iellln, Colombia. 96:16, August 24, p. 13-14, 

A Missionaxy Vacation, Mrs. Peggy Beekley. 96:18, September 21, p. 4-5, 

Open Doors Found In Colombia, Kenneth L. Solomon, 96:12, June 1, p, 4, 

Operation Andrew, Kenneth L, Solomon. 96:13, June 29, p. 4-5. 

Operation Friendship, Kenneth L, Solomon, 96:8, April 6, p. 4-5, 

OperatlcM Sowing. Kenneth L. Solomon, 96:9, April 20, p. 14-15, 

Solomon Diary of Hamel Visit, 96:16, August 24, p, 11, 

The Solomons in Colombia. 96:1, January 12, p, 7. 

What New Field? 96:6, Iferch 9, P. 11. 

Evaingelism in India, 96:6, March 9, P. 10. 

Health Center Report, M, Virgil Ingraham, 96 ij, January 12, p, 4, 

K, Vljaya Kumar Ordination, 96:23, November 16, p. 6. 

Prayer Requests for India, 96:26, December 28, p, 4-5, 

New Methods of Assistfince to Kentucky, 96il3t June 29, p. 6-7. 

God's Leading Toward Missionary Service in Malaysia, David Loi, 
96:23, November 16, p, 6-7, 

God's Miracle Brought Me to States, David Loi, 96:19, October 5t p. 10-11. 

God provided an Opportunity, Jenny Ha. 96:19, October 5t p. H. 

Beport From Malaysia. 96:25, December 14, p, 6, 



The Agony and the Ecstasy. Chalmer E. Faw. 96:10, May k, p. k-S, 

The Challenge of Nationhood. Emmanuel Urhobo. 96:2^4^, November 30, p. 4-6. 

Congratulations John and Roger. 96:6, March 9, p. 15, 

Literacy News from Nigeria. 96 15, February 23, p. 4, 

Lit-Lit Report from Nigeria. 96:18, .September 21, p. 6. 

Nigerian Study Tour. Mrs. Edna Logan. 
Part I. 96:14, July 2?, p. 12-13. 
Part II. 96:15, August 10, p. k-5. 
Part III. 96:17, September ?, p. 10-12. 

Thomas, Rodjiey A. 96:1?, September 7, p. 14, 

The Multiplied Ministry. Peter E. Roussaki, 96:24, November 30, p. 26-27, 

Decide for Yourself. Jolin Brovmsberger, 96:17, September 7f p. 3» 

The Old Testament and New Testament Positions on Peace — Reconciled or 
Not. W. St. Clair Benshoff. 96:22, November 2, p. 29-3I. 

Room for Encouragement in Washington, 96 i5, February 23, p, I6-I7. 

Religion in Review: I974— a Leaderless Parade, Norman B. Rohrer, 96:26, 
December 28, p. 9-12, 

Proclaiming God's Eternal Truth, Myron W, Dodds. 96:14, July 27, P. 16-20, 

Vision, Venture and Victory. Paul David Steiner, 96:16, August 24, p. 4-9, 

Brethren Sewing Guide. 96:19, October 5, p. I7. 

Christian Love Cares. Mrs. Lillian Graffara. 96:8, April 6, P. 14-16. 

Companions in Compassion, 96:7, March 23, p. 12-13. 

Drought in Africa Speaks. 96:12, June 1, p. 27. 

How WRC Works. 96:8, April 6, p, 17-19. 

Harried to a Traveling Man, Mrs, Lillian Graffam. 96:7, March 23, p. 11. 

Me of Little Faith, 96:7, March 23, p, 14-15. 

A Six-Letter Obscenity. 96:1, January 12, p. 8, 

A Special Hospitel Ward. 96:11, May 18, p. 3I. 

World Relief "Quick" Report. 96:14, July 2?, p. 30. 

World Relief Report. 96126, December 28, p. I3. 

January 12, 1974 

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By the Way 



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With this first issue of 1974 we wish to greet 
you with "PRAISE THE LORD!", our conference 
theme for this year. Praise The Lord for the birth 
of our Saviour celebrated on December 25th of 
last year. We Praise The Lord for the 250th anni- 
versary of the birth of the Brethren which also 
occurred on December 25th. 

Whatever we may feel for the past year of 1973 
and the events that occurred we can still Praise 
The Lord that they were not as devastating as 
those in other areas of the world. We can Praise 
The Lord that what has been revealed in political 
circles and in the leadership echelon of our nation 
may serve as an ear-splitting alarm clock, not only 
to alert us as to the time but to make us aware 
that it is time to get our house in order. 

1973 is now history. Whatever good and bad 
filled the days of that year will go down in history 
with it. It is good to dwell occasionally on the past, 
but progress was never made in any area by dwell- 
ing on what may have been achieved "had we only 
known . . ." "if we could only do it all over again" 
"if . . ." "but. . . ." 

This new year unfolds exactly as did the new 
year 1973 and every new year previous. It will 
offer its share of events, exciting and perhaps 
not so exciting. It will certainly offer many chal- 
lenges. Challenges that will have to be met as in- 
dividuals, as a community, as members of a local 
church, a district and a denomination. 

The greatest challenge facing us as Christians 
certainly must be to take advantage of the oppor- 
tunity (while we still have it) to exercise our 
privilege to bear a Christian testimony. A testi- 
mony that will replace hatred with love, hunger 
and starvation wdth food from hearts and purses 
of compassion, deception with forthright honesty 
and trustworthiness, complacency and apathy with 
concern and involvement. 

Here, where the headquarters of the denom- 
ination resides, we can Praise The Lord for dedi- 
cated executives and personnel of the various 
boards, for a ministry on the campus that has a 
tremendous potential outreach for the spreading 
of the Gospel, for the facilities and opportunities 
to publish the teachings on faith, doctrine and 
practice of the heritage that was handed down to 
us these past 250 years. 

We can Praise The Lord for the tremendous 
impact made in many areas of our church geo- 
graphically by the youth of our church, especially 
those known as Crusaders. Certainly, it must be 
obvious that the weU known "communication gap" 
between the generations has a much shorter bridge 
across it at the present time. 

Praise The Lord for the doors that have been 
opened in our Missionary endeavors, for the oppor- 
tunity to have met personally and listened to some 
of our fellow Brethren from Nigeria, for the news 

of the growth of The Brethren Church in Africa. 
And for a new outreach in South America and the 
Spanish speaking people in the continental south- 
west of the United States. 

Praise The Lord for a Seminary that is growing 
where others have fallen by the wayside, for ad- 
ministration and faculty that have contributed to 
the reason for growth at A.T.S. 

Resolutions cannot undo that which has been 
done. They cannot be made with the thought in 
mind that they will govern our destiny, but they 
can be made in such manner that will help the 
coming year be much better than the last. 

By resolving to go to God continuously in prayer 
for the leaders of our church, our nation and for 
those in other parts of the earth. We can go to 
Him even though we know our need of having a 
closer walk with Him and with the knowledge of 
His promise that He will listen to us. John 14: 
13, 14 (G.S.) 

Moderator Steiner and Vice-Moderator 

Barnhart staging early planning for 

1974. after General Conference session. 

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The Brethren Evangelist: 


Rev. M. Virgil Ingraham, General Secretary of 
the Missionary Board of the Brethren Church, 
recently returned from an administrative visit to 
the work in India. The following is taken from a 
letter where he reports on a visit to the Health 
Center in Rajahmundry operated by the Brethren 

"We made a brief visit to the Orphanage, 
Church, and Health Center. The clinic is on 
a main road a couple blocks from the orph- 
anage. I ivas pleasantly surprised at seeing 
the operation. Last month there were an 
average of 135 people treated daily, tvhich 
is no small accomplishment when consider- 
ing they have two hours in the morning and 
one in the evening. There is a doctor ivho 
works those hours, a ivoman ive might call a 
practical nurse and four men ivho are in- 
volved with the orphanage or othertvise and 
ivho have part-time duties at the clinic. The 
doctor is one of two assistants at a hospital 
and ivorks part-time in our clinic. He is a 
Hindu but attends the prayer meetings. The 
operation is well organized and considering 
the smallness of the rented building, it is 
surprising rvhat is being done. 

"But this clinic is being enlarged . . . ivith 
a move into a new two-story house about a 
block up the road from the present location. 
It is well suited for the clinic tvith three 
rooms and small storage room downstairs 
which ivill be the clinic, and three rooms up- 
stairs tvhich will become office, literature 
center, and storage. Moving to this upper 
facility ivill give the or-j)hanage building a 
third room for the boys to live in tvhich is 
badly needed. With twenty boys having all 
their lockers, beds, and other possessions in 

two small rooms is too much. Eating and' 
cooking is done across the street in the 
church-institute buildings and at night the 
boys are scattered into these various build- 
ings for their sleeping. Noiv, since the new • 
building will soon be ready for dedication 
and occupancy, they have some of the older ^ 
boys sleeping iti the new building for security 


Not only are patients treated physically at the 
clinic but an evangelist is on hand to pray with 
those who come for treatment and tracts are 
distributed. A mobile clinic is also serving among 
the out villages away from Rajahmundry. The 
same doctor and sometimes others, go out with 
a group and the supplies they can carry with 
them, as many areas can be reached only by foot. 
Again it is surprising what can be done with 
limited supplies but the Lord is asked to bless 
in each occasion as an evangelist or pastor prays > 
with the patient before he is seen by the doctor. 1 

January 12, 1974 

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Focus on the 

Usually this "Brethren House BEAT" column 

accentuates the work and teaching methods used 

with children at Brethren House. Not so today 

... the emphasis is on adults— the BIG PEOPLE I 

Cast of characters: 

Forrest Reed 

Joe Tracy 

Mrs. Joe (Elda) Tracy 

Bill Bronson 

Miss Gretchen French 

Miss Bonnie Munson 

Mrs. Phil (Jean) Lersch 

Pastor Phil Lersch 
The ministry at Brethren House is truly a team 
effort. When you've "heard" us say that before, 
you probably thought we meant the team of 
Bonnie, Jean and Phil. Well, this is true because 
we do consider ourselves as a team-of -three deeply 
involved in the leadership and service of this work. 
But the teamwork goes further than that — far 
enough to include the people listed above, plus a 
few more. Aside from the fact that our congre- 
gation is unusually small, this talk about "team- 
work" is not so different from other congrega- 
tions. Right? But I'm writing about it because 
each of our people is serving according to his 
particluar gifts — and this is much more important 
in every church than just "getting jobs done" by 
those not particularly "gifted" or interested in the 
assignments they have. For example, 

Forrest is the treasurer because he has an af- 
finity and reliability for keeping accurate records 
of this kind. 

Joe and Elda come to Brethren House nearly 
every Thursday morning to help Bonnie process 
materials and supplies. Elda catalogs pictures, 
stories, games and countless other items. Joe 
helps with everything from removing staples 
to defrosting the refrigerator. Neither Joe nor 
Elda feel equipped to work directly with the chil- 
dren, as in former years. But they are serving 
according to their present capabilities (gifts) in 
very valuable ways. 

Bill is a handy painter, repair man and carpet 
layer. He holds a good job as a machinist during 
the week — and gives well from his earnings (as 
do all the adults). So, it's logical (and a sign of 
God's leading) that Bill assists with the upkeep of 
the Brethren House properties. He feels much 
more at home with this work than "talking" re- 
sponsibilities, although he comes through beauti- 
fully on those occasions too. 

Gretchen is a full-time piano teacher, thus her 
natural place on Sunday morning is at the piano. 
This arrangement releases Jean, who can also 
play piano, to lead and teach hymns for the chil- 
dren. But Gretchen also has an interest and 
"knack" for gardening. So she supervises the 
planting and care of growing things for our 
Prayer Garden behind Brethren House. 

Then Bonnie, Jean and I work very closely to- 
gether in planning the teaching/learning experi- 
ences for the kids. And even in that teamwork, 
we recognize our differences. Jean is often the 
initiator of ideas. Bonnie and I add to, refine, and 
build-in the self-expressive crafts. Bonnie keeps 
accurate records of all the materials we develop 
and use. And I also work at keeping Brethren 
House clean and in good repair. Something like a 
team within a team. By serving according to our 
adeptness and interests, the many hours involved 
are not a burden, but a fulfillment. 

By contrast, if Jean kept the financial records 
. . . disaster! 

If Bill tried to lead the singing . . . disaster. 

If Bonnie tried to paint the house . . . disaster! 

If Joe attempted to make an overlay . . . prob- 
able disaster! 

If I tackled the piano playing . . . definite 

There is, however, a sharing of responsibilities 
and experience as each of these adults takes his 
turn at leading the adult class on Sunday morn- 
ing — each in his own way. 

Now, I'm saying two things: First, Brethren 
House is not just a children-centered ministry. The 
adults involved are being ministered unto as they 
minister. And there are a few others, including 
Pat and Cynthia — two neighborhood mothers, ac- 
tive in other churches, who come to help with our 
after-school program. (Plus the many who live 
miles away, and whom we work with through mail 
and phone.) 

Second, we seek to find opportunities for people 
to serve according to their particular gifts and 
calling. Too often the church has decided that 
certain jobs should be done and then strained to 
"con" someone into doing the job. How much 
better to challenge believers to listen for God's 
calling, respond by letting fellow-believers know 
of the call, then discover a means of answering 
that call by using the "gifts" within them. In other 
words, better to leave some tasks undone than to 
have coerced laborers attempting them. 

We're not there yet, but this is one of our goals. 
And we're working at it by developing a relaxed 
atmosphere where God's people are encouraged 
to respond in whatever ways He leads them. 

I 'age Six 

The Brethren Evangelist 


Report by Juan Carlos Miranda 

left to right — Juan Carlos Miranda, Oscar 
Vena, and Ricardo River o making 
their plans at the Bible Institute. 

The dates of October 12 and 13, 1973 will long 
be remembered by the Brethren Church in Argen- 
tina. During those two days, ninety-two pastors 
and Sunday School teachers attended the first 
Sunday School Teachers' Congress at the Eden 
Bible Institute in Soldini, Argentina. 

The Bible Institue had organized the Congress 
and invited all of our people to come. The only 
cost to the participants, was the expense of the 
trip as meals and lodging were provided by the 
Institute. The total cost for food plus expenses and 
love offering for our workers was two hundred 
dollars — the best two hundred dollars ever 

Most "experts" had predicted we would have an 
attendance of twenty to thirty people, some of us, 
the most optimistic, calculated sixty to seventy, 
but the attendance of ninety-two was almost un- 
believable. A total of one hundred fifteen were 
here but that included children, people preparing 
the food, and other workers. 

January 13, 1974 

Page Seven 

teachers and pastors, eager to learn more and to 
return to their churches to practice what they 

I was told that the wife of one of our pastors 
and her mother gave a report the following Sun- 
day that lasted for one and a half hours. A super- 
[intendent gave such a report in his church that 
those that did not come, now want to make sure 
jthat we include them for next year even if they 
have to miss a days work. This time the Friday 
was a holiday in Argentina so no one had to miss 
work however, next year we don't have any holi- 
days on a Friday. 

About thirty miles from the Eden Bible 
Institue there is the small town of Villa Mugueta 
where they only have a Home Bible Study once 
a week. A young lady came from that small group 
and decided that she wanted to start a Sunday 
School class in her home. She has asked for ma- 
terials and has already started her class. 

We have set new goals for each one of our 
churches in their Sunday School hour. We will 
have a contest each year based on the best yearly 
averages. The winner will receive a trophy in the 
shape of a shield and each year a plate will be 
added to it with the winning church able to keep 
the trophy for the whole year. All are excited 
about it and we pray that they will not only work 
for the trophy but for the souls of children and 
adults that should be added to God's kingdom and 
His church. 

Now we are praying and working toward our 
second Sunday School Teachers' Congress and for 
the results during this year of work. Pray for 
our church in Argentina and the work that is 
being done here. Can you imagine what ninety- 
two pastors and teachers can do for our Sunday 
Schools if they have caught the vision and prac- 
tice what they have learned at this first Sunday 
School Teachers' Congress? 


The Kenneth Solomon family have arrived in 
Medellin, Colombia and have now located a house 
to rent which they should be occupying by the 
time you rea.d this announcement. They report 
they will have room in the house to take care 
of a few visitors at a time from the United States 
and the first ones will be the Mark Logans as 
they return from service in Argentina to the 
United States in early December. 

Joel and Margaret Solomon are already attend- 
ing school which is on a schedule similiar to the 
United States however, Tim and Becky in High 
School will have to wait for the start of the new 
school year in January as their school is on its 

"summer" vacation per the Colombian school 

The Solomons can still be contacted at their 
temporary address, the Evangelical Seminary in 
MedelUn write: Mr. Kenneth L. Solomon, Apart- 
ado Aereo 1141-Nal. 3862, Medellin, Colombia, 
South America. If you would like to have a prayer 
reminder for this family there still is a limited 
supply available from the Missionary Board of 
the Brethren Church, 530 College Avenue, Ashland, 
Ohio 44805. 

Pray for this family and Praise the Lord with 
us that they have arrived to begin this church 
planting ministry in Colombia, South America. 

Page Eight 

The Brethren Evangelist 


Pastor Phil Lersch, Chairman 
Brethren World Relief Committee 

A Six-Letter Obscenity 

When Larry Ward* was in LAOS, standing on 
an unnamed battlefield, he could hear big guns 
boom over a hill in the distance. He was there 
because he had heard that there were people in 
the area who were trapped for long months in 
the fighting and who had no food. 

Just as his helicopter landed, over that little 
hill stumbled the reeling figure of a Laotian 
woman. She was moaning and crying as she 
staggered along and then fell to her knees before 
the group. 

Ward could not understand her, so he turned 
to the interpreter beside him. "She is — demented. 
She is not right in the head," he said. 

"But what is she saying?" 

"Oh, she is saying that she is hungry. She has 
no food, she has been a long time without food." 

Somewhere on a tape cassette, Larry Ward has 
the moaning cry of that woman. But he writes: 
"I don't need the tape to remember it. It is re- 
corded forever on the ears of my heart." 


People — people — people like that woman in Laos. 

Like a little boy in HAITI. He rubs his dis- 
tended stomach, and he says over and over, 
"Please, Papa. I am so hungry." 

And like a little boy in CAMBODIA. Larry 
Ward describes it: "He has been brought to the 
refugee camp from an area where there has teen 
heavy fighting. For many weeks his area has had 
no real food. His little arms and legs are pa- 
thetically thin. You may not believe this. I do not 
blame you if you don't. Your world and mine are 
very different. But I take thumb and forefinger 
and gently circle that pencil-thin ankle. I move 
my hand up that skin-and-bones little leg and — 
still circling it just with thumb and forefinger — 
I can move my hand freely over his little knee 
and far up his thigh." 

Ward asked the Cambodian doctor with him 
how old the boy was. The answer? "He is nine. 
Nine years old." 

Then Ward continues: "So I circle a little boy's 
leg which is really a little baby's leg in my trembl- 
ing hand — and I ask God to please, please, please 
somehow let me help. 

"That's what it is all about. 

"I can't remember who said or wrote the words. 
But I agree with them: 'Hunger — anywhere — is a 
disgrace to humanity.' 


%, - ■■ "' ■/ 7=. 

"Hunger. It's a six-letter word. An ugly, six- 
letter obscenity." 

( 'Information for this article is from And There 
Shall Be Famines, a new book by Larry Ward, 
president of Food For The Hungry, Inc.) 

January 12, 1974 

Page Nine 


During the three and a half years ICL has been 
in existence, it has received wide acceptance as 

qualified teacher training program. It is also 
exj)eriencing rapid growth. By the end of this 
year, ICL will have held 87 teacher/leader train- 
ing seminars. Last year, over 4,000 people attended 
these seminars and director Lowell Brown is pro- 
jecting an attendance of over 8,000 for 1973/74. 

ICL returns annually to cities where seminars 
have been previously held. This provides the local 
church with a consistent teacher/leader training 
progrcun and a consistent educational philosophy. 
In addition, seminars are secheduled for new 
cities each year. Cities where seminars are held 
for the second or third time have experienced a 
doubling, even tripling of seminar attendance. 

Along with the rapid growth ICL is experiencing 
in its teacher/leader training seminars, three new 
programs have been added to the ICL schedule: 
Family Life Seminars; Church Growth Seminars 
and a Vocational Church Staff Conference. The 
Family Life Seminar is designed to assist pastors, 
educational workers, adult and youth teachers in 
more effective ministry to the needs of the family. 
Two day seminars in church growth are led by 
Winfield C. Am, Donald McGavran, C. Peter Wag- 
ner and pastors from churches successful in using 
church growth principles. Chrurch Growth Sem- 
inars will help pastors and their key laymen set 
goals for their church's growth and then plan 
methods for achieving their goals. The Vocational 
Church Staff Conference will help professional 
church workers keep up with new teaching/learn- 
ing theories, new methods of instruction, patterns 
of grouping and many other new educational 

Take advantage of the opportunity and enroll 
in cin ICL Teacher/Leader Training Seminar, a 
Church Growth Seminar or the Vocational Church 
Staff Conference. 

Vancouver, B.C. January 24-26 

St. Petersburg, FL January 24-26 

Miami, FL January 31 - February 2 

Detroit, MI January 31 - February 2 

Anaheun, CA 
San Diego, CA 
Grand Rapids, MI 
Sacramento, CA 
Minneapolis, MN 
Columbia, SC 
Dayton, OH 
Kansas City, MO 
Dallas, TX 
Van Nuys, CA 
Ashland, OH 
St. Louis, MO 
Buffalo, NY 
Omaha, NB 
Washington, DC 
Philadelphia, PA 
Boston, MA 
Chicago, IL 

February 7-9 

February 14-16 

February 14-16 

February 21-23 

February 28 - March 2 

February 28 - March 2 

March 7-9 

March 14-16 

March 14-16 

March 21-23 

March 28-30 

April 4-6 

April 4-6 

AprU 18-20 

April 25-27 

May 2-4 

May 9-11 

May 16-18 

Total cost: $25.00 each for 10 or more regis- 
trations from your church (5-9, $27.00 each; 1-4, 
$30.00 each. ) 


Seminars conducted by recognized leaders in 
Christian education for Early Childhood, Children, 
Youth, and College/ Adult. $25.00 each for 10 or 
more registrations from one church. 


For Pastors, D.C.E.'s, Youth Directors, Adult 
and Youth teachers, a seminar on counseling and 
family relationships. $35.00 per person. Write ICL 
for information. 


Three days of training by nationally recognized 

Family Life Seminars — Norman Wright and 

Norman Wakefield 
Church Management Seminars — Olan HendrLx 
Rapid Reading Seminars — Ben Johnson 
Church Growth Seminars — Donald McGavran 
and Win Am 



ICL training materials provide a program of 
teacher/leader training throughout the year. ICL 
Training PACs are available for the four basic 
age levels in two series. Each $5.95 PAC includes 
an ICL handbook, workbook and resource 

Early childhood 9050108; Children 9150218 
Youth 9750304; Adult 9950400 (c) 
Early Childhood 9050604; Children 9150706 
Youth 9750800; Adult 9950907 (c) 
Handbooks and learning guides available sep- 
9550100 (c) 
For information write to 

International Center for Learning 
HOW. Broadway 
Glendale, Califomia 91204 

Page Ten 

The Brethren Evangelist 

Cumberland, Maryland celebrated their Home 
Coming October 28th, with a good attendance; 
lots of music, instrumental and vocal. An all 
day service was held; lunch and dinner in base- 
ment of church. Three ministers attended. 
Anna S. Bucy, Cor. Sec. 



Rev. and Mrs. Fred Vanator observed their 66th 
Wedding Anniversary on Nov. 28th. Rev. Vanator' 
is Pastor Emeritus of the Sarasota, Florida i 


William S. Weighley, age 70, a member of First 
Brethren Church of Waterloo, Iowa, passed away 
on November 11th at Allen Hospital after a short 
illness. He is survived by his wife, Sylvia, and a 
daughter, Mrs. Richard Hamer and two grand- 
children. The memorial services on Wednesday, 
November 14th, was in charge of Rev. Glenn 
Grumbling at the Locke Funeral Home. Entomb- 
ment was in Temple of Memories at Garden of 

Mr. and Mrs. William Bixler, Sr. observed their 
57th on Dec. 2nd. 

Sarasota, Florida 



Mrs. Flossie Mixdorf, a member of First Breth- 
ren Church of Waterloo, Iowa, passed away on 
Sunday, December 2nd at Schoitz Memorial Hos- 
pital. Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m. 
Wednesday, December 5th at Kearns Dykeman 
Chapel. She is survived by two brothers and two 


lone Diehl, 79, died November 23, 1973. Memorial 
services were conducted by Rev. M. W. Dodds, 
Monday, November 26th at the Watts Funeral 
Home in Bryan, Ohio, with burial at Fountain 
Grove Cemetery. 

Fifty Years Ago: Raising the roof at Riverside 
Institute, Lost Creek Kentucky. Plans were form- 
ulated to enlarge Meyers Hall at Lost Creek to 
a two-story structure by raising the roof. 

Twenty-Five Years Ago: The rededication of the 
newly painted, redecorated and re-equipped 
church building at West Alexandria, Ohio. 

Ten Years Ago: Four Brethren students were 
listed among the fifteen Ashland College students 
nominated for listing in "Who's Who in American 
Colleges and Universities. Thomas Grisso, Carolyn 
Immel, Jerry Oberly and Lois Elaine Staley. , 

January 12, 1974 

Page Eleven 


At this time of year, I sliould be writing about 
making New Year's resolutions or at least think- 
ing about last year — 1973. We could look back or 
we could look forward. Either way would bring 
thoughts that are happy and exciting. Each year 
is a new adventure for each person on this earth. 

Sisterhood is right now in the middle of the 
year. We have had our organizational meetings 
and have gotten to know each other and have 
started to study our new books and lessons. So 
now what can be new and exciting in Sisterhood 
for the rest of this new year? Probably every 
one of you have at least planned something kind 
of new and different for the first few meetings 
but now you have at least 6 or more to plan before 
General Conference rolls around and it's time 
to start over again. 

What is left to do? What haven't you tried yet? 
These are questions that I hope you are at least 
thinking about. I'd like to offer a few suggestions 
that I know some societies are trying successfully. 

1. Each month when we think about what to do, 
the first thing that comes to our minds is the 
important events in the month. For example, in 
February - Valentines day. Why not try to do 
something different with these holidays? Cele- 
brate them in the wrong month or celebrate 
them as our ancestors did or celebrate them 
as little children. 

2. Have your meeting at the home of an older 
W.M.S. lady and ask her to serve as hostess. 
Also you could ask her to help in the meeting 
or to demonstrate something that she does 
as a special talent. 

3. Have a sewing meeting. I know that in all the 
churches there are older ladies who can quilt 

by Sherry Barnhart 

or tat or knit or crochet or show the girls 
how to do a skill that would be fun and 

4. Set a certain topic for each month. For ex- 
ample, set the topic — show and tell. Have each 
girl bring something to show and tell about. 

5. Have a candle-light service. 

6. Have a backwards meeting — start with the 
benediction and work backwards. 

7. Discuss the lyrics of records that are popular 

8. Have a Hobo party. 

9. Go camping. 

10. Have a World Day of Prayer Program. 

11. Organize a church work day for your girls. 

12. Honor someone special in your church every 

13. Decorate the church bulletin board every 

14. Do whatever is pleasing to Christ and to your 

Each day of your life is something special. Let's 
begin this New Year by being thankful and by 
striving to do our best in all things. 

These ideas that I gave you may not be at all 
what you need. They may sound really dumb for 
some of your groups but hopefully some of you 
can use these. I wish that each of you would try 
to make your meetings interesting and spiritually 

Good luck and God Bless You All. 

Happy New Year, 

Pag-e Twelve The Brethren Evangelist 



Times are'a changing, as the song says, and so 
is the oldest retirement facility of The Brethren 
Church. The Brethren's Home of Flora, Indiana 
was opened in 1923 in a large two story brick 
home and has continued to provide benevolent 
care to Brethren and others to this day. 

The growing need for nursing home care was 
met when a new, modem one floor wing was 
constructed and opened in 1968. This new facility 
enabled The Brethren's Home to provide residen- 
tial and nursing care to meet state requirements. 
Because of growing demands by the state and in- 
creasing needs of the elderly, it was determined 
in 1972 that the entire operation would be more 
feasible if a 40 bed addition were constructed. 

The full span of retirement services are being 
offered at Flora with apartments being added to 
the program which are known as Brethren Village. 
The original building has been renovated at a 

cost of $125,000 to include 9 apartments — 8 one 
bedroom and 1 two bedroom. Each apartment has 
a kitchenette, bath, living room and bedroom (s). 
The apartments have wall-to-wall carpet and in- 
dividual heating-cooling-ventOating systems. 

These apartments will be joined by four apart- 
ments in two of the bungalows now on the site 
which are scheduled for renovation in the spring 
for an ultimate total of 13 apartments. 

All apartments are connected to the main nurses' 
station in the nursing unit via intercom so the 
residents will have 24 hr. access to medical 

Each apartment is available on a life-use con- 
tract. The basic fee may be paid in one lump sum 
upon establishing residency or be included as part 
of the monthly cost, at a correspondingly higher 

Changing face of original building being 
renovated into retirement apartments 

January 12, 1974 

Page Thirteen 




Let us praise the Lord: 

Residents will be guaranteed 20 days of free 
medical care in the nursing home yearly and a 
permanent bed in the nursing home should they 
be unable to care for themselves at some future 

All utilities except television are included in the 
monthly maintenance fee, and coin-OE>erated wash- 
ers and dryers will be located off the central 
lounge, where crafts classes and programs will 
be offered. 

To insure each apartment resident at least one 
balanced meal daily, one such meal wall be provided 
by the nursing home as part of the basic services, 
although it is not mandatory. 

Rosemary Eddy, executive consultant, wraps up 
the philosophy of Brethren Village this way: 

"Our main purpose here is to enoouarge people 
of retirement age to remain independent as long 
as possible. Our apartments are unfurnished, so 
the residents can bring their ovm furniture and 
treasures with them. Provisions will be made for 
small garden plots, should they desire them. 

"Yet even though our residents will be encour- 
aged to be independent, they will have the assure- 
ance of medical assistance and care at any time 
should they need it. They can live here in perfect 
confidence, knowing that there always will be 
someone nearby to check on them and make sure 
they're all right. 

"There is no reason why a capable elderly per- 
son should be forced into the traditional nursing 
home when they are still able to care for them- 
selves simply because there is no other way they 
can conveniently guarantee themselves medical 
attention. We're providing that way." 

Administrator Gene Geaslen and his staff would 
welcome a visit from you at any time to see how 
"times are'a changing" at Flora. Or perhaps you 
would like to share in this benevolent work by 
donating any of the needed items listed here: 

Bath Chairs on Casters 
Portable Commodes 
Heat Lamps (floor model 

with gooseneck) 
Pillows for Beds 

(Shredded fiber filled) 
Wheelchair Safety Belts 
Laundry Carts (canvas lined) 
Medicine Cart (3 shelf stainless 

steel cart with 4 casters) 
Hot Water Bottles and Ice Bags 
Commercial Toaster Machine 
Lift for Bathtub 
Convection Oven 

Send to: The Brethren's Home, Rt. 2, Box 97, 
Flora, Indiana 46929 or call 219-967-3783. 
















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Brethren Care opened its doors in August 1972 
and amidst problems and financial burdens, 
progress has been noted. 

This newest retirement and nursing center of 
The Brethren Church is licensed for 90 beds in 
residential and nursing care plus three apartments. 
The Center reached near capacity in November 
1973 and a waiting list is now being formed. 

New regulations and requirements continue to 
be issued by state offices and cause added costs 
for both our homes at Ashland and Flora, Indiana. 
The new building at Ashland is furnished with the 
latest equipment but even so several additional 
costly items have been required. Rising food and 
salary costs cause the Administrator and the 
Board of Trustees to walk the tightrope of meeting 
expenses on one hand and holding the line on 
prices charged residents on the other. In profit 
making facilities prices have sky-rocketed but we 
are making every attempt to hold increases to a 

Sing to the glory of His name 

New fence for Brethren Care 

Progress has been achieved in another area at 
Brethren Care due to the generosity of Miss Dor- 
othy Carpenter. A fence was erected across the 
rear courtyard and lawn as shown in the photo on 
this page. This will allow residents to go out in this 
area without fear of being hit by cars or becoming 
lost on the 6 acre wooded site. This gift is much 
appreciated by staff and residents. Activities con- 
tinue to be a vital part of life at Brethren Care. 
Rev. L. V. King, along wdth his wife, lives at the 
center and assists in the religious life and pro- 
gram. Mrs. Richard Boyd serves as the Activities 
Directory and each month brings interesting ac- 
tivities. Crafts are a strong portion of the program 
and these came to fruition in a Bazaar on Novem- 
ber 30 at the Center. 

The Bazaar had lots of lovely items for sale in 
addition to baked goods donated by staff members 
and friends. The baked goods were all sold and a 
good portion of the handcrafts by the end of the 
day. Items left were on sale over the entire week- 
end and $250.00 was realized from the Bazaar 
which was used for the staff-resident family 
Christmas party and will maintain the crafts pro- 

Page Fifteen 

ROGRESS . . . . 

Another sign of progress at Brethren Care has 
seen made possible by the youth of our denomina- 
tion through the 1972-73 BYC Project. $1400 has 
Deen donated to provide a worship area for Breth- 
ren Care. A worship center with all accouter- 
I'ments and storage space for worship items in the 
table will be purchased or built and possibly a 
portable microphone and loud speaker will be ob- 
tained which is greatly needed as many residents 
have hearing difficulties. Thanks to our youth, 
the residents of Brethren Care will have more 
meaningful worship experiences. 

Future hopes for Brethren Care call for develop- 
jment of the entire site to include a residential care 
building and more apartments. When this is 
achieved, the original building will be converted to 
all nursing care. 

Sing praise to God 

Getting ready to close shop on 

the first day of the hazcuir 

Pictured (I. to rJ: Mrs. Maud Wells, 

Mrs. Nina Vanosdall, Shannon Boyd, 

Beverly Summy 

Mr. ]L«nny Seaman is Administrator at Brethren 
Care. He and his staff welcome visitors at the 
Center any time. In addition to personal visits. 
Brethren Care would be glad to receive any of the 
following donated items: 

Talcum powder 


Hair pins 

]L,ined writing paper 

Toothpaste and denture cleaner 


Satin Uned hairnets 

Adjustable garters 


Rubber rings to sit on 

Footies - to keep feet warm in bed 

Alarm clocks - 2 

Safety pins 

Electric razors - 2 


Volunteer service 


Send to: Brethren Care, 2000 Center Street, Ash- 
land, Ohio 44805 or call 419-289-1585. 

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Purchases in 1970 and 1972 of the Jacobs Home 
and the house next to it on College Avenue in 
Ashland provided the land upon which The Bene- 
evolent Board constructed Buckeye Apartments. 

The name of this new facility for active i-etirees 
was selected because a large buckeye tree, which 
is also the state tree, grows in the front yard. 
The apartments were completed in June 1973. 

The two brick and cedar buildings are joined 
by a covered center walkway. Five 1 bedroom 
apartments and the laundry-storage room occupy 
the west building and four 2 bedroom apartments 
are located in the east building. Landscaping has 
added to the garden atmosphere. A carport is avil- 
able at the rear of the building. 

Apartments have the following features: 

— complete kitchen, including disposal 

— carpet 

— air conditioning 

— large closet & storage areas 

— patio 

— large glass windows 

— all electric 

— cable TV hookup 

— traverse rods 
Buckeye Apartments are available on a Life Use 
Contract, lease, or rental basis. When rented, the 
monthly cost is higher to cover not only monthly 
services but mortgage and interest payments. 

The Life Use Contract makes construction pos- 
sible when a resident provides the cost of an 
apartment and is assured life-tenancy or as long 
as the resident desires. 

Should a resident decide to withdraw, or should 
health require nursing care at Brethren Care in 
Ashland, a proportionate refund will be given, or 
credit extended for nursing care. Refunds will be 
proportioned up to ten years of residency. Resi- 
dents moving to the residential care area or nurs- 
ing unit would receive profKDrtionate credit on his 
cost of care. 

Yowr greatness is seen in all the world! 

The monthly comprehensive fee is a fair share 
of the cost of operation and upkeep and includes: 
— Apartment Upkeep ■ repairs and painting 
— Grounds Upkeep - lawn, trees, shrubs 
— Utilities - water, sewage, trash pickup 
and snow removal. Electricity billed 
individually from electric company. 
— Cable TV connections provided 
— Laundry and service area - equipped with 

coin operated washer and dryer 
— Nursing Service (available to leasing 
residents at extra cost) - 20 days of care 
at Brethren Care each year, including 
emergency calls in the apartment. 
Buckeye Apartments are only a block from our 
Brethren Bookstore and Ashland College, 3 blocks 
from downtown. Park Street Church is directly 
behind the apartments and a bank is located across 
the street. 

Residents at Buckeye Apartments are: 
— Mrs. Chlora Hazen, Apt. A (from Ashland, 

— Mrs. Fred Moherman, Apt. B (from 

Ashland, Ohio) 
— ^Mrs. Hilda Carpenter, Apt. G (from 

Ashland, Ohio) 
— Mrs. Hattie Priser, Apt. H (from New 

Lebanon, Ohio) 
— Mr. & Mrs. J. J. Becknell, Apt J (from 
Warsaw, Indiana and New Port Richey, 
Florida ) 
Apartments are still available! Contact Th« 
Benevolent Board for further information. 

January 12, 1974 


Page Seventeen 

PROGRESS . . . . 


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Through the combined efforts of Holland Asso- 
ciates and The Benevolent Board of The Brethren 
Church, who are managing the building, Ashland 
now has a new and modem apartment building 
for senior citizens known as Martin House. 

The program which makes this project jwssible 
is under Section 236 of the National Housing Act, 
and administered by the Federal Housing Admin- 
istration, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban 
Development (HUD). The basic rent within the 
program is determined by the cost of operation 
with interest at only V/r on the mortgage. The 
government pays the rest of the interest. This 
amounts to $61.11 per month per apartment. 

The building has 83 units — 82 one bedroom and 
1 two bedroom apartments. On the first floor there 
is a large community meeting room and lounge. 
Next to the community room there is a large 
craits or activity room. There is a central laundry 
which has three washers and dryers on the first 
floor near the stairs and elevator. A special deliv- 
ery is just across the lobby from the elevators to 
allow for convenient moving of furniture. 

Each apartment is approximately 22' x 25'. The 
kitchen and living area is approximately 21' x 12'. 
The area under the cabinets in the kitchen is open 
to the living area creating a dining bar on the 
living room side. A very adequate guest closet 
faces the entrance foyer. The bathroom has a 
large linen closet and a built-in vanity with a 
round sink. 

Each apartment has its own balcony with a large 
sliding patio door. A three foot high railing en- 
closes the balcony. First floor apartments have 
cement patios instead of balconies. 

Features of Martin House Apartments are: 
— ^Grounds fully maintained - resident 

maintenance personnel 
— Electronic security protection (individual 
apartment electric intercom and front door 
control ) 
— Hydraulic elevators 
— Fireproof construction and automatic 

sprinklers and lire alarm 
— Emergency generator for electric power 

— Trash chute on each floor - free trash 
collection z 

— Central mail pick up 

— Free use of: community facilities, including 
library and crafts room, lounge, lobby, 
and coin operated central laundry. 
Special features of each apartment are showTi on 
the floor plan. 

Apartments are available on a rental basis only. 
The cost is $126.41 per month if your annual in- 
come is $5,670.(X) or less. Higher incomes pay more 
per month. 

Rental information available at: 

625 Center Street 
Ashland, Ohio 44805 
Phone: 419-323-5721 

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The city of South Bend, Indiana is undergoing 
some striking changes and The Brethren Church 
could be a part of that. A few years ago our S. 
Bend Brethren Church decided to remain in its 
inner city location to serve rather than move out 
to the suburbs. In the intei-vening years the down- 
town area has taken on a completely new face — 
new buildings, re-routed highway to allow for a 
mall in the future, leveling of riot burned and 
damaged areas and even fireplugs painted like 

Over 10 acres of slum area adjacent to our 
church on S. Michigan is available and consider- 
able discussion and preliminary planning has led 
to the concept of a retirement village for the area. 
The wrecked and condemned buildings are now 
being cleared away and will soon make the land 
available for development. 

Mr. William Shields, banker and member of the 
S. Bend Church, has spearheaded efforts in plan- 
ning the retirement center along with Dorman 
Ronk, Executive Secretary of The Benevolent 
Board; Mrs. Rosemary Eddy, Executive Consul- 
tant; and numerous city officials and organiza- 
tions. Mr. Ors Eash, architect for the new addi- 
tions at The Brethren's Home and for Buckeye 
Apartments, has been working diligently on pos- 
sible plans for the center and one possibility is 
shown here. One story buildings would house food 
services, nursing and residential care, recreation, 
possibly R.E.A.L. services, day care center for the 
elderly and a high rise with apartments for 

IL d?- 

Architect's concept of 
S. Bend retirement Center 

I pray for them 

The center would be surrounded by considerable 
parking for residents and visitors, lawns, shrubs 
and flowers to assure privacy and protection. 

A new corporation will be formed if the project 
gets the "green light" which will have strong ties 
to The Benevolent Board as we have helped con- 
ceive and develop the program. Efficiency, one 
and two bedroom apartments would be available 
on a Life-use Contract basis and the nursing and 
residential care unit would charge daily rates. 

The S. Bend project offers a unique opportunity 
for development for a retirement community. New 
ways to serve the elderly are envisioned through 
close association with R.E.A.L. (Resources for 
Enriching Adult Living) services which could be 
located in the center. Day care service for senior 
citizens is a new concept whereby the elderly re- 
main residents of their own homes but come to 
the center during the day for meals, activities and 
fellowship. This plan allows the senior citizen to 
be relatively independent while still providing 
needed food service and companionship. 

Final decisions on the S. Bend project have not 
been made at this writing but watch for a report 
in the near future on "this, our newest venture!" 

ranuary 12, 1974 


Page Nineteen 

PROGRESS . . . . 


Progress moves at a snail's pace sometimes but 
n other instances it comes swiftly. The latter is 
;rue for Brethren Care of Pennsylvania. From a 
3enevolent Board meeting on July 27, 1970 to the 
>resent (SVz years) we have seen the seed of an 
dea for a retirement center develop into actual 
icquisition of property for the project. 

Mr. James Mackall of the Vinco Church serves 

: a member of The Benevolent Board and has 
oeen the guiding force behind the project of a 
retirement facility for Pennsylvania. In 1970 the 
dea was presented to the Pennsylvania District 
Conference and meeting wdth a favorable response, 
a fund was started at that conference. 

December of 1971 found a committee meeting 
to lay the foundation worlc for forming the cor- 
poration to be Icnown as Brethren Care of 

Meetings early in 1972 produced officers in the 
committee which soon became officers for the 

James Mackall President 

John Golby Vice President 

Henry Bates Secretary 

Dorman Ronk Ass't Secretary 

Robert Adams Treasurer 

Brethren Care of Pennsylvania became a corpora- 
tion in the state of Pennsylvania in June 1972 
after papers were filed at the court house in 
Edensburg, Pennsylvania. Needs of various areas 
were assessed and it was determined that the 
Johnstown area itself was much in need of a good 
retirement facility. Projected plans call for a nurs- 
ing unit, residential care and apartments. 

Look forward a year from incorporation and you 
will see a gift of land received by Brethren Care 
of Pennsylvania for the purpose of erecting a re- 
tirement center. On July 24, 1973 the corporation 
officers received a beautiful, wooded 36 acre tract 
from Miss Elda M. Fresh. The land is located 
north of Johnstown and near our Vinco Church. 

Miss Fresh is a retired school teacher and pre- 
sented the land in memory of her mother, Emma 
Fresh, and the first building erected will bear the 
name of Emma Fresh. The four room log house 
and decorative pond will continue to be used by 
Miss Fresh as the project becomes a reality. 

The property was purchased as the Fresh fam- 
ily homestead around the turn of the century. The 
log home was constructed over a period of several 
years during the early 1930's. 

Let us jrraise His glory! 

Funds are continuing to be gathered with hopes 
of breaking ground within two years. A survey 
of the tract has just been made and a master plan 
is being developed for the center. 

Plans call for an initial unit of 80 beds for 
nursing. Following its completion, there are plans 
for an apartment complex with additional units to 
be added later as demand and finances permit. 
There will be areas for the construction of private 
cottages or homes which eventually would revert 
to the corporation. A few streets will be construct- 
ed but the natural beauty of the area will be pre- 
served as much as possible. The log home will 
eventually become a library and recreation area. 

Correspondence or gifts concerning this project 
should be directed to: 


R.R. 1 

Mineral Point, Pennsylvania 15942 

Investment notes may be made with The Benevo- 
lent Board and designated for use in Pennsylvania 
if an individual wishes to support this particular 
area of service to th£ elderly. . — ., , _. i i • 

Ashiand Theologscal L; 

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The work of The Benevolent Board has experi- 
enced steady growth in the past five years and 
members of The Brethren Church have helped us 
meet this challenge by their increased giving. We 
want to take this opportunity to thank you for 
your generous response to the needs of the elderly 
and to encourage you to make continuing progress 
possible through your positive stewardship. 

The chart below reveals that giving to the bene- 
volent work of The Brethren Church has increased 
steadily the past five years: 

Lend and expect nothing back 






1973 to 
Dec 15 


$ 641.17 

$ 824.61 

$ 954.70 






















































$1 1,414.36 




We wish to be good stewards of your gifts so beginning January 1, 
1974 we changed our policy on sending receipt letters. Due to the rise in 
postage rates, we will send a thank you - receipt letter at the end of the 
year rather than each time an offering arrives. Since some churches send 
gifts three or four times a year, it will decrease postage costs considerable 
to go to a once-a-year receipt method. However, if you have questions any 
time through the year on the status of your giving, please let us know and 
we will be glad to supply the needed information. 

We have only mentioned church giving thus far but individual gifts 
have also been received. A number of people have also invested monies with 
The Benevolent Board — 25 in the past two years. The Brethren's Home 
of Flora has also experienced an increase in this area. These investments 
have greatly aided in the development of new programs at Ashland and 
Flora and proposed projects at Johnstown, Pennsylvania; S. Bend, Indi- 
ana; and Lanark-Milledgeville, Illinois. 

ranuary 12, 1974 Page Twenty-one 



The stewardship of your money will assist in financing worthy Chris- 
tian programs for the elderly. A major need of senior citizens is to be as- 
sured of provisions for loving care in an atmosphere that provides rich 
fellowship, security, and a pleasant environment during retirement years. 
Our retirement centers are designed to meet this basic need for Brethren 
and others, some of whom have limited resources. 

A construction fund of substantial grants, bequests, donations, and in- 
vestment notes is needed in order to expand our work. This fund will help 
undei-write initial building costs for retirement centers, apartments for 
active retirees, and other expansion programs of The Benevolent Board. 


Notes are being offered in multiples of $500.00. Interest rates will be 
from 0-6% per annum, payable quarterly, semi-annually or annually. We 
would like notes for a minimum of three years. The note can be redeemed 
after notice is received requesting payment. The Benevolent Board would 
reserve the right to make payment of the note within 3 months after the 
request is made. 


Complete the following form and mail it (or gifts and offerings you 
have) along with your check made payable to : 


625 Center Street Ashland, Ohio 44805 

Gentlemen : 

I desire to put my money to work in establishing and financing con- 
struction for The Benevolent Board. Please make note payable: in my name 

as written below, or jointly in my name and , 

(Print Name) 
, who is my 


in the amount of $ at (0-6) , , % interest for 

(3-5) years. I would like interest payments made 

. quarterly . semi-annually . . annually. 

Date -^ 



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9lfioderators VUanna 


Some of us may discover that we have a pain 
in the neck and can't understand — Why? Others 
around us may say it comes from always looking 
backward. "Good Brethren" would not do so, but 
then . . . some might be doing far too much back- 
ward inspection. The Bible teaches us some of the 
consequences of a backward look. As your Mod- 
erator for 1974 I hope we will continue looking 
forward with God's vision and discover that we 
shall endure through — Praising The Lord for 

I want to come to you several times through the 
voice of the Brethren Church, The Brethren 
Evangelist, during 1974 to share some thoughts 
concerning the church and the power of His Spirit 
in it. I would appreciate hearing of your concerns 
for the Brethren Church. I would anticipate from 
you some positive expressive kernals of truth 
that would create a mind of understanding and 
unity for God's Church. Take time and create 
those thoughts and send them on to me in the 
leading of the Almighty. 

God has been very wonderful and gracious to 
me through the past year and over my years in 
the Pastoral ministry. I have been privileged to 
deliver the Gospel truth to many precious souls 
at His leading. Therefore, I would like to take 
this opportunity at the beginning of this year to 
Praise The Lord. . . . 

— for being our Father even when we will won- 
der away trying to do our thing, then wake 
up to the sensational discovery that he knows 
all and cares for all. 

-for loving us even when we will be despised 
and rejected and running from his shepherd- 
ing care. 

-for daily tasks to grow the local church even 
though we say, "It won't work" and "We 
never did it that way before." 

-for faithful surrendered Christian beings even 
though many who come each Sunday are 
doubting and disguising themselves as sons 
of God — when they are the sons of men. 

-for forgiving us daily even when we are too 
busy being busy to let others know how busy 
we think we must be. 

-for giving us eternal worth even when we 
find ourselves empty and worthless vessels. 

-for seeking us out of a frustrated world and 
by thy Spirit opening to us the challenges of 
meaning and beauty even when we have not 
sought the Master's direction. 

-for new relationships to bring us into proper 
Christian focus as friends in Christ even 
when we wanted to act as a snail and crawl 
back in our shell and hide from life. 

-for The Brethren Church earnestly seeking 
direction and openly sharing new discoveries 
of truth even though we are self-satisfied 
and saturated. 

-for minds of challenge and discernment in 
preachers and prophets of divine pronounce- 
ment when the present age says, "Let me be 
me, I'm not hurting anyone." 

-for the potential of dynamic evangelism with- 
in and without The Brethren Church even 
when many of our churches don't understand 
evangelism as the breath and the heart beat 
of the Church. Evangelism is the Church as 
Mission is the Church, not something we do 
once or twice a year. 

-for the boldness of laity to become the Church 
at vocation and in community living even 
when it is more popular to be insulated and 
isolated from the world. 

-for faith in Jesus Christ and a living hope 
through that experience called death even 
when others are distressed, perplexed and 
can't understand his divine will. 

-for the living viable Word to edify lives even 
in the face of smut and trash to clutter and 
deceive the mind. 

for YOU — created in the image of God to per- 
form the tasks and purposes of the Creator 
even though some shall cry, "Fool! Fool!" 

-for 1974 — God's year to continue growing 
spiritually even though physically we shall 
continue to wither slowly away. Praise the 
Lord for vision, unity and love through Jesus 
Christ our Saviour and LORD! 

Moderator 1974 
Paul D. Steiner, Pastor 
220 E. Locust St. 
Lanark, Illinois 61046 

January 12, 1974 Page Twenty-three 


Gerald R. Ford will be the principlal speaker at the 31st Annual Convention 
of National Religious Broadcasters at the Congressional Breakfast on January 29, 
1974 at 8 A.M. in the International Ballroom of the Washington Hilton Hotel, Wash- 
ington, D.C. as announced today by Dr. Ben Armstrong, Executive Secretary of 

Gerald Ford has been a regular and faithful attendant at previous NRB Con- 
gressional Breakfasts. He served for many years as the popular Congressman from 
Grand Rapids, Michigan. In 1934 he was voted the outst2mding football player at 
the University of Michigan. 

Ford, 60, a life long Episcopalian, attends Immanuel Church-on-the-Hill, Alexan- 
dria, Virginia. His home church is Grace Episcopal in Grand Rapids where he served 
as a Sunday School teacher who "believed in what he said," according to a Detroit 
Free Press story by reporter Hiley Ward. His son, Michael, 23, is a first -year student 
at Gordon-ConweU Seminary in Wenham, Massachusetts. 

About 1,200 delegates from all over the world are expected with over 100 
Congressmen, Senators, Ambassadors and official Washington attending one or 
more events. The theme for the 1974 Convention is "Jesus Christ — the Message of 
the Medium." The program this January promises to be the best ever with invita- 
tions already sent to Richary Wiley, Vincent Wasilewski, David Foster, Corrie ten 
Boom, Dean Burch, Mayor Walter Washington, Clyde Taylor, Harold Lindsell, Theo- 
dore Raedeke, Richard and Patti Roberts, Dean Burch, Ralph Carmichael and "The 
Apostle" production cast, Wallace Johnson and the Chiefs of the Broadcast Bureau 
of the FCC, Lee Shih-Feng, Edward L. R. Elson, Edward G. Latch, Paul Anderson, 
Perlita Lim and other noted religious broadcasters. 

Additional music for the convention will be presented by BUI Pearce, the Am- 
bassador Quartet, David Boyer, Suzanne Johnson and Thurl Ravenscroft. Seven 
simultaneous workshops on a daily basis scheduled are: (li Missionary Broadcast- 
ing, (2) Christian Station Owniers and Operators, (3) Program Production, (4) Tele- 
vision and Cable TV, (5) Campus Broadcasters, (6) Ladies Seminars and (7) Basic 
Training in Gospel Broadcasting. The four-day convention is January 27-30, 1974. 

Highlights of the convention include the Opening Festival of Music featuring 
Ralph Carmichael and "The Apostle" on Sunday evening, January 27 at 7 P.M., the 
Congressional Breakfast and FCC Luncheon on Tuesday, January 29 and the 31st 
Anniversary Banquet on Wedneday evening, January 30 at 7 P.M. 


^^^^^U'^JJ^^^f^''* ,^„ , ,^ , ^ , TO BE CHRISTIAN IN HIS COUNTRY 

NEW YORK, N.Y. (EP)— A threatened law 

suit against WPIX-TV here was cancelled after the MINNEAPOLIS (EPi — It is easier in some ways 

station agreed to air a 30-minute debate between to be a Christian in East Germany than in the 

a rabbi and a spokesman for The American Board U.S., an official of the Christian Democratic Union 

of Missions to the Jews. in East Germany claimed here. 

The legal action grew out of the AprU, 1973 The reason Karl Ordnung gave for his assertion 
cancellation by the station of the program, "Les is that in America Christianity is too easily "con- 
Crane Reports on Jews for Jesus," sponsored by fused" with secular culture, 
the American Board of Missions to the Jews. Mr. Ordnung was one of a group of eight over- 

The station cancelled the program following seas church leaders who came to the U.S. on a 

bomb threats and alleged threats of assassination month-long tour sponsored by the U.S.A. Com- 

directed at key WPIX personnel. mittee of the Lutheran World Federation. 

Rev. Arnold Fruchtenbaum opened the program He said it is not impossible to be a Christian 

with a two-minute statement in which he outlined and hold high political office in East Germany, 

the position of Hebrew-Christians in America. Mr. Ordnung is studies secretary of the Christian 

Fruchtenbaum admitted the issue was complex Democratic Union, a political party dedicated to 

and emotional, but he pled for freedom on behalf "Christian realism" but dependent on the dominant 

of Jewish people who found in Jesus Christ the Socialist United Party. He said that the speaker 

Messiah the answer to their deep spiritual need. of one house of the East German Parliament, the 

It is paradoxical, the spokesman for The Ameri- nation's chief judge and two cabinet ministers 

can Board of Missions to the Jews said, that a are Christian. 

Jew who proclaims that he is an atheist or an Mr. Ordnung conceded that being a Christian 
agnostic is still accepted as a Jew. But a Jew who active in East G^erman politics is not easy, but he 
accepts Christ as the Messiah is told that he is added that it is difficult anywhere to be a Chris- 
no longer Jewish. tian in politics. 

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The Brethren Evangelist 




The Ordination of Charles and Susan Townsend 

The First Brethren Church of Louisville elected 
Charles and Susan Townsend to the deaconate 
at their congregational business meeting of Octo- 
ber 18. Subsequently arrangements were made for 
their ordination on Sunday, December 9 at the 
morning worship hour. The service was woven 
into the fabric of the worship service. Moderator 
Bill Williams read the call and authorization for 
ordination by the congregation. Elder Charles 
Lowmaster examined the candidates and then 
was assisted by the chairman of the Deacon Board, 
Glenn McFarland, in consecrating the Townsends 
by laying on of hands and prayer. Elder Low- 
master laid on hands for the administration of 
ordination and extended the charge of authority 
to the deaconate. Deacon McFarland, representing 
the deaconate, extended a welcome into the 

The Townsend's have two children, Mrs. Ronald 
(Cheryl) Miller who lives in Louisville and Kevin 
who is in Louisville High School. Brother Town- 
send is an experienced auto mechanic working 
for the City of Canton and for the local Ford 

The prayer of the Louisville Church is that not 
only our own Church and community, but the 
whole denomination will be blessed because of the 
Townsend's willingness to serve in this more de- 
manding area of leadership. 

We are grateful to Paul Clapper for the accom- 
panying photos. Paul is director of the Louisville 
Church Choir and editor-owner of our newspaper, 
The Louisville Herald. 

Charles Lowmaster, Pastor 

January 13, 1974 

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The Midwest District had erected a sorely need- 
ed shower and rest-room facility at Camp Wyan- 
dotte before the camping season started in July. 
This was appreciated by all involved in the camp- 
ing program. During a very wet fall season, one 
of the walls in the newly constructed facility was 
weakened and threatened to collapse. Two dedi- 
cated laymen of the district, Lester Peck and 
Ralph Scott, pooling their skills and giving of their 
time labored at the camp for a week to restore 
the wall. Efforts such as these men put forth 
deserve all the commendation and gratitude that 
can be bestowed upon them. 

The camping program and Bible School were 
successful ventures this past year with gratitude 
being extended to the four girls from the Cru- 
saders who assisted in these programs. 

Rev. Elmer Keck and Mrs. Keck shared the 
visit of their son John and his family as they en- 
tertained writh music, songs of inspiration and 
their testimonies. John gave the message at one 
of the Sunday morning services. 

The Midwest District Conference was held at 
Falls City with the Falls City Brethren Church 
hosting the assembly. The Conference was well 
attended and well conducted. Seventy-six were in 
attendance at the Communion Service. 

Home-Coming day was held on November 4 with 
Rev. Herbert Gilmer of West Alexandria Brethren 
Church in Ohio opening the event with Revival 
Services. The power of the Holy Spirit was felt 

along with His presence as the inspirational mess- 
ages for which Brother Gilmer is known were 

The well attended services were especially 
interesting as Rev. Gilmer used visual aids along 
with his verbal messages in proclaiming the 
Gospel. The mini-bus which conveyed Rev. Gilmer 
to the mid-west was used also to transport mem- 
bers and visitors to the services. Falls City is 
happy to announce that a bus has been purchased 
and two men. Gene Killingsworth and Gene 
McGinnis have been selected to operate the 
vehicle in an outreach for many through the bus 

The WMS was invited to participate in a 
"Prayer and Share Day" hosted by Christian ladies 
in Sabetha, Kansas. This area workshop was held 
at the First Congregational Church. It afforded 
many ladies the opportunity to share Jesus Christ 
in their everyday lives on this special day. 

In conjunction with the seminar, missionaries 
from China and Colombia, South America were 
present to share many of their experiences with 
those present. 

May we bring this report to a conclusion with 
a thought for the day: "The will of God is not a 
burden to carry, but a pilllow for to rest and rely 

(Details of this news report provided 
by Ethyl Schroedl) 


Sarasota, Florida 

The opportunity to preach to more people in 
one day than were one to preach every day of 
the week in the beautiful sanctuary is to be 

The 'BRETHREN HOUR" will begin its eighth 
year on station W.Q.S.A. (formerly W.S.A.F.) at 
8 a.m. on Sunday mornings. (1220 On the AM 
dial. ) 

Sponsors of the program are: Draperies by 
Questionati; Robyl Homes of Florida, Inc.; Kropf 
Eldorado Mobile Home Sales and Airstream 
Dealer; Ed and Jeanne Martin of Welsh Realtors; 
and Bob Norwood's Insurance. 

The "BRETHREN HOUR" is also heard on 
W.Q.S.R. at 8 a.m. Sunday mornings (102.5 on 
F.M. ). This 100,000 watt station has a listening 
range as far south as Miami, Florida and as far 
north as the state of Georgia. The sponsors of 
this F.M. program are: Hawkins Funeral Home 
and Leisure Pools Inc. 

The "BRETHREN HOUR" was recently heard 
for the first time over station W.S.S.T. (Largo) 
(800 on the AM dial) and will continue to be heard 
each Saturday morning from 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 
a.m. Mr. and Mrs. Earl Rissler of Leisure Pools, 
Inc. and Mrs. Art Dickenson of D.W.S. Associates 
are sponsors of this Saturday Program. 

Beginning in January the "BRETHREN HOUR" 
will also be heard at 8 a.m. on Sunday mornings 
over station W.K.Z.M. (105.5 on the FM dial). 
W.K.Z.M., the first Christian Radio Station in 
Sarasota, Florida is a division of Christian Fellow- 
ship Mission, Inc. Mr. Lowell A. Brubaker is 
manager and director, and Mr. John Hamel is 
chief engineer and announcer. 

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The Brethren Evangelist 

World Religious News 

in Review 


WASHINGTON, D.C. (EP)— As the Apostle 
Paul warned young Timothy they would,, people 
today are avidly running after the latest novelties 
instead of listening to the truth, notes UPI Colum- 
nist Louis Cassels. 

The advent of myth-seeking "marks the third 
distinct phase of religious life in America since 
World War II," Cassels pointed out. 

He called Phase One the religious revival during 
the global war — a revival which lasted 15 years; 
a new phase began at the start of the 1960's, 
Cassels declared, opening an era marked by bitter 
controversy over social action in many churches 
and radical theology. 

He said the dominant characteristic of the 
phase now underway "is a quest for novelty. Some 
of its expressions are healthy," he added. The so- 
caUed Jesus Movement, he said, brought disen- 
chantment with the institutional church but also 
new life-styles based on strong personal loyalty 
to Jesus Christ. 



SAN JUAN, P.R. (EP)— Pedro Rodriquez, 19, a 
Ftoman Catholic preaching an evangelical message, 
started preaching to crowds in a shopping cen- 
ter two years ago and the movement he founded 
has grown to include thousands of Puerto Ricans. 

Mr. Rodriquez maintains an outdoor "church," 
an open space in a grove of trees near the San 
Patricio shopping center. He has a congregation 
of approximately 600. 

The Catacumbas, as they call themselves, are 
mostly young Catholics although Protestants of 
many denominations worship with them. 

The Catacumbas' outdoor meeting places have 
logs or cement blocks for seats. People attending 
carry Bibles. Catholic officials are said to be some- 
what divided on the subject of the Catacumbas. 
Much of the literature they distribute, in fact, 
consists of Protestant tracts. 

Catacumbas is the Spanish word for catacombs, 
and the movement Rodriquez founded acquired 
that name because its members met in out-of-the- 
way places. Quiet, softspoken and determined, they 
greet each other with a handclasped blessing. They 
visit the sick, distribute food to the poor and 
preach informally on street corners and in buses. 


NEW YORK (EP) — Delegates attending 
"Communications Law Explosion" here were told 
that the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling on 
pornography hasn't yet slowed down the flow of 
so-called obscene materials — but it has definitely 
given local communities greater power to keep 
it out of their areas. 

"What is happening is that movie makers and 
publishers are going ahead. Movies are coming 
out, books are being published. Then they're test- 
ing them to see what wUl happen," said Alan U. 
Schwartz, a New York lawyer. 


DENVER, Colo. (EP)— The forces behind the' 
movement promoting a 15-year-old Indian guru 
"will take a tremendous toll on the Christian . 
church unless it is met with seriousness and care," 
a professor at Conservative Baptist Seminary 

Dr. Gordon Lewis, who teaches systematic 
theology and Christian philosophy, said Gun 
Maharaj Ji and his Divine Light Mission "has 
public relations program against the Lordship oJ 
Jesus Christ." 

Professor Lewis pointed out that the organize 
tion represents a challenge to the truth of on< 
God and one mediator, which is Jesus Christ. 

While attending the autumn "Millenium 73" in 
the Houston Astrodome, Dr. Lewis observed the _ 
Guru and his followers closely. 

The organization claims it is not a religion but 
an experience, but Dr. Lewis sees evidence o: 
Hindu teaching in the young guru's pronounce 


SOUTH HAMILTON, Mass. (EP)— Dr. Addisoi 
H. Leitch, Professor of Theology at Gordon 
Conwell Theological Seminary, passed away Sept 
17 at the age of 81. 

Dr. Leitch, an editor-at-large for Christianit] 
Today, was married to the former Betty Ellio' 
whose first husband Jim was one of four mission 
aries slain by Auca Indians in South America ii 

laiiuary 12, 1974 

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OTTAWA (EP) — Canadian citizens who claim 
they have no religion increased some tenfold In 
the decade from 1961 to 1971 — a much larger jump 
than those with church affiliation. 

"Statistics Canada" officials said census figures 
indicate that the number of Canadians claiming 
"no reUgion increased from 94,763 in 1961 to 929,575 
in 1971. 

The statisticians warned that the apparent 
splurge in godlessness — most noticeable on 
Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia — may be 
deceiving. They said that the 1971 census indi- 
Icated that for the first time people filled out their 
I own census forms in private, rather than by 
(answering questions asked by a census taker. 
I "In the past we listed only the hard core atheists 
■ and agnostics who didn't mind admitting to any- 
ibody what they were," an official explained. "This 
. time, because there was no personal confrontation, 
people apparently were more honest vidth them- 
selves and with us." 

igasless sundays may be 
'disguised blessing 

NEW YORK (EP»— Without gasoline, church 
members may be less inclined to leave town and 
more ready to attend church, AP ReUgion Writer 
George Cornell wrote. 

Quoting the president of the National Council 
of Churches, Dr. Sterling W. Cary, he said the 
ban on Sunday gasoline sales could replace week- 
end trips with church-going. 

'People may find again their local church, get 
to know their neighbors, and have time to search 
again for the values which once made this nation 
one of hope and trust," the NCC president said. 


NASHVILLE (EP)— A Southern Baptist leader 
called on the American church to "shed its timid- 
ity and speak boldly" on the moral crisis in 

Dr. Foy Valentine, head of the denomination's 
Christian Life Commission, also urged Christians 
to give their support for Leon Jaworski, the new 
Watergate special prosecutor. 

The time has come, he said, for "Christians who 
share Mr. Jaworski's concern for the rule of law, 
the efficacy of court orders and justice without 
special privileges ... to step forward with sup- 
portive words and deeds." 

Mr. Jaworski, a Texan, a Presbyterian and the 
son of a Presbyterian minister, should feel the 
support of Christians, Dr. Valentine said, "as he 
takes up the torch so shockingly taken from the 
hands of his predecessor and as he moves faith- 
fully to carry out his commitment to bring to 
justice all the law breakers involved in the Water- 
gate and related scandals." 


MINNEAPOLIS (EP)— Adam and Eve were 
really people and Jesus literally walked on the 
water, in the opinion of most Minnesotans inter- 
viewed by the Minneapolis Tribune's Minnesota 

The account of Jonah and the whale, however, 
is symbolic rather than literal, according to a 
majority of the 600 residents questioned about 
the way they interpret the Bible. 

Slightly more them half of the respondents in 
the survey believe the question of whether bib- 
lical accounts are literally true or symbolic is an 
important one. 

"It can happen that a literal interpretation of 
the Bible gets stressed too strongly," said a Luth- 
eran Wilkin County pastor, 65, who thought the 
question was Lmportant. "But people have a way 
of twisting things into what they want them to 
mean," he added. 

A 23-year-old Minneapolis payroll clerk, a Bap- 
tist, disagreed. "Whether Bible stories are truly 
true or not isn't as important as belief in (3od," she 

Sixty-seven per cent of those interviewed said 
the Biblical account of Jesus walking on the water 
was literally true, 28 per cent said it was symbolic, 
and 5 per cent had no opinion or gave other 


NEW YORK (EP)— Dr. David Hyatt, president 
of the National Conference of Christians and 
Jews, has eulogized the late David Ben-Gurion 
as "the stalwart and implacable father of Israel." 
Ben-Gurion died in Tel Aviv Nov. 30. 

The NCCJ president referred to the first prem- 
ier of modem Israel as one whose "selfless spirit 
and indomitable will" were responsible for the 
establishment of the Jewish state. 

"All of the constituency of the National Con- 
ference of Christians and Jews join with their 
Jewish brothers and sisters of Israel in mourning 
the great loss of David Ben-Gurion," Dr. Hyatt 


SEATTLE (EP)— The premier here of "The 
Gospel Road," featuring producer Johnny Cash 
and his wife June Carter, contributed all proceeds 
to the Seattle Youth for Christ and Campus Life 

Cash filmed the movie in Israel as the story of 
a dream fulfilled. His wife awoke one morning 
while in Israel in 1966 and exclaimed to her hus- 
band, "I dreamed I saw you standing on a moun- 
tain top with a Bible in your hand, talking about 

Just such a scene opens the popular film des- 
cribed by Cash as "very personal, very emotional." 

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The Brethren Evangelist 


LOS ANGELES, Calif. (EP)— Sensing a need to 
revitalize prayer in churches throughout the na- 
tion, three Los Angeles-area Christian leaders have 
announced plans for the "Church Prayer Revitali- 
zation Conference." 

Calling the conference is the Rev. Armin R. 
Gesswein, director of the Ministers' Prayer Fel- 
lowship; Dr. William R. Bright, president of 
Campus Crusade for Christ International; and 
Dr. W. Stanley Mooneyham, president of World 
Vision International. Numerous other Christian 
organization leaders already have indicated their 
desire to cooperate. 

The conference, designed for pastors, ministers, 
prayer groups and other church group leaders and 
executives, will take place at the Campus Cru- 
sade's Arrowhead Springs Hotel in San Bernardino 
March 11-13. 

"It will not be just another conference," stated 
Gesswein, who has been named conference chair- 
man, "but a coming together of leaders who will 
both stimulate fresh insights into biblical prin- 
cipals of prayer and lead in prayer action." 


PEKING ( EP ) —Startling words came from the 
father of the atheistic People's Republic of China 

To visiting diplomats in Communist China, 
Chairman Mao Tse-tung admitted, "I have an 
appointment with God." 

The officials concluded that Mao can no longer 
take part in the day-to-day affairs of the Chinese 
government because of illness. 


PHILADELPHIA (EP)— A Lutheran editor has 
warned that the greatest danger to proper Sunday 
observance comes not from those who oppose such 
practices but from those who are complacent about 
the matter. 

Dr. Albert P. Stauderman, editor of The Luth- 
eran (semi-monthly magazine of the Lutheran 
Church in America), discusses the history of 
Sunday observance and offers some suggestions 
for obeying the Fourth Commandment in an 
article titled "What Should I Do On Sunday?" 
published in the Dec. 5 issue. 

He presents several quotations from Martin 
Luther to the effect that although Christians don't 
need a special day to worship God, it is good to set 
aside Sunday for practical purposes of community 
observance. "This will take different forms with 
different people," Dr. Stauderman writes, "but no 
one has the right to destroy our heritage." 

The editor warns, however, that "the biggest 
damage to Sunday comes not from those who 
would arbitrarily take away a day of rest and 
worship, but rather from those who are com- 
placent or indifferent about it. If we prefer what 
(LCA President) Dr. Robert Marshall recently 
called 'armchair religion,' like sitting back and 
watching a revival service on television, we 
shouldn't be too surprised if we have traded away 
something precious for a mess of pottage." 


WASHINGTON, D.C. (EP)— President and Mrs. 
Nixon's largest single charitable gift between 
1969 and 1972 was $4,500 given to the Billy Graham 
Evangelistic Association, according to tax records 
made public here. 

The donation was made in 1970, the year the 
President made a widely publicized appearance 
at a Graham Crusade in Knoxville, Tenn. 

The First Family's income tax returns for the 
four year period were issued by the White House 
along with a request to a joint congressional com- 
mittee to determine if the President owes addi- 
tional taxes for deductions claimed for the dona- 
tion of his vice presidential papers to the National 
Archives. A deduction of $576,000 was made for 
the papers. 

Several other religious and religion-related 
institutions and groups appear on the list of de- 
ductible contributions. In 1969, the Chief Executive 
gave $250 to the East Whittier (Calif.) Friends 
church, the Quaker meeting in which he holds 
membership, and $500 to Whittier College, 
Quaker-related school he attended. 

Of the $3,150 claimed in deductions in 1969, $100 
went to Duke University, the United Methodist 
school where Mr. Nixon received his law degree. 
Gifts of $1,000 each went to the Red Cross Tele- 
thon and the United Givers Fund in 1969. 

For the year 1970, the President contributed a 
total of $7,512, according to the tax records. In 
addition to the $4,500 to the Graham Association, 
$1,000 was earmarked for the Baptist Community 
Hospital, $250 for the East Whittier YMCA and 
$250 for the Duke University Loyalty Fund. 

The East Whittier Friends church received 
$1,000 of the $2,524 claimed as deductible contri- 
bution in 1971, and the Duke Loyalty Fund got 
$500. Mr. Nixon also gave $500 to the United Negro 
College Fund. 

In 1972, the President contributed $200 to the 
Southern California School of Theology, an insti- 
tution with multiple denominational ties in Clare- 
mont. He also gave $50 to the Marble Collegiate 
church in New York City, the congregation head- 
ed by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale ajid where the 
Nixon family has often attended worship. 

A gift of $20 in 1972 went to Holy Rosary church. 
In 1972, total deductible contributions claimed 
were $295. 

From 1969 to 1972, the President claimed slight 
ly more than $13,000 in charitable contributions, 
excluding the estimated value of the vice presiden- 
tial papers. During the four years, the First Fam- 
ily had an adjusted gross income of $1,122,264, on 
which a total of $78,650 in federal income tax 
was paid. 

Other recipients on the tax returns for the four 
years included the National Symphony, the 
American Legion, Eisenhower Medical Center, the 
American Heart Association, the TV Memorial 
Fund, the Boys Club of America, the TV and 
Respiratory Association, the Orthodontal Society, 
the U.C.L.A. Alumni Association, the Connecticut 
Preservation and Restoration Commission, and 
Patients' Assistance League and Mt. Pleasant 
Cemetery Association. 

January 12, 1974 

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WHEATON, 111. (EP)— The Christian Commun- 
ications Council will sponsor a four-day seminar 
with Evangelical Literature Overseas on the use 
of the media to Islam February at Marseilles, 

ELO and International Christian Broadcasters 
(ICB) were commissioned by the Council to organ- 
ize, develop and implement the seminar designed 
to analyze the cultural and religious resistance 
factors to the Christian message, particularly that 
which is communicated through radio and print. 

The Christian Communications Council is a fel- 
lowship of nine communications' agencies con- 
cerned with a coordinated effort to develop the 
media as an effective instrument for communi- 
cating the Gospel. 

The Marseilles seminar will bring key leadership 
representing radio and literature ministries in the 
Middle East and North Africa specifically. The 
content of the seminar will be divided between 
cultural and religious studies of Islam and the 
analysis of the content now used to communicate 
the Gospel to the Muslim mind, according to ELO's 
James L. Johnson. 

Anchor men for the seminar responsible for 
iefining and illuminating the conflicts of the 
Muslim to Christianity are: Dr. G.N.D. Anderson, 
Director of Advanced legal studies, University of 
London. Dr. Anderson's field specifically is the 
law as governing the Muslim in his own culture. 
Serving with him is Dr. G. Christy Wilson, who 
for 20 years served in Afghanistan and whose life 
ministry has been among Muslims. 

"We are definitely seeking some concrete guide- 
lines that can be implemented for more effective 
lommunication to Muslims through the media," 
Johnson said. "We want broadcasters and pub- 
lishers to leave Marseilles with new insights into 
the Muslim mind and perhaps more workable 
concepts for creating greater interest and recep- 
tivity to the message." 

Hopefully the seminar will become a model for 
the projection of simLlar study groups in other 
continents who have Muslim populations with 
their own distinctive cultural cleavage. 


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LUSAKA, Zambia (EP) — Zambia's President 
Kenneth D. Kaunda "broke down and cried" as 
he spoke of the problem of "excessive drinking" 
in his country. 

A Lusaka Radio report said Mr. Kaunda even 
threatened to resign as president unless Zambians 
changed their drinking habits." 

Mr. Kaunda, a devout member of the United 
Church of Zambia, addressed an assembly of 
church, civic, and tribal leaders in Mansa. 

The broadcast quoted the president as declaring 
that the people of Zambia had been indulging in 
"excessive drinking" for too long, and that, "if 
this continued, Zambia would be finished as a 


To read is one thing. 

To understand what you read is another. 

To learn from what you understand is 

something else. 
But to act on what you learn is what 

really matters. 

from Have A Good Day 

Your calendar shows the passing of 
time; your face and character show what 
you did with it. 

from the Bethlehem 
Brethren bulletin 

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If any trial seems hard to bear, 
Help will come and relief from strain; 
If you believe the Lord does care 
Even though the trial remains. 
The answer to the prayer may be 
As it was to Paul — if we just read; 
Not the removal of the thorn 
But just the help that we most need. 
If your prayer is not a selfish one, 
A listening ear is always there, 
Strength to work till a task is done 
Forgiveness for sin in every prayer. 
Among so many, how can He 
Remember each one in a special way? 
How can the Lord look down and see 
Every sheep that has gone astray? 
This we often wonder about — 
How He can watch us night and day. 
And give us even more without 
Hearing things we do not say! 

Helen Barnhart 

I Kings 3:13 — "And I have also given thee that 
which thou hast not asked." 
from Collection, "Words of Comfort." 
Copyright (C) Helen Barnhart 1973 


Do the work just for that hour. 
Though the duty be hard for you. 
He alone can give the power. 
Listen close and follow through. 
Always walking in the light, 
Always given, words to speak, 
You must work with all your might. 
He'll give help — if you just seek. 
Use the instincts of your heart. 
Talk of One who loves us all. 
If you have the faith to start. 
He'll pick you up — each time you fall. 
The task will be completed soon. 
He carries part of every load. 
You can sing a happy tune, i 

Walking down that narrow road. | 

Helen Barnhart : 

Ps. 31:3- -For thou art my rock and my fortress: 
therefore for thy name's sake lead me 
and guide me. 

from Collection, "Words of Comfort.' 
Copyright (C) Helen Barnhart 1973 


You! Ugly wee disease germ! 

Knocked at my door one day. 
My Host — my Savior — saw you call 

And would not let you stay! 

Persistently, you knocked again 
And entrance sought to gain; 

Until the Lord permitted it 
Your calling was in vain. 

Then came a time my Savior found 

Some work for you to do! 
He let the door swing just a crack — 

Your ugly form crept through! 

Your i>ainful samples you unpacked, 

Each wrapped with grief and gloom, 

Discouragement hung over me. 
No sun could reach my room! 

My tidy house was chaos now, 

My host must be away; 
Distrust and doubts sneered at my soul 

As pain — deep pain — held sway. 

"Oh! why do You permit this, Lord?" 

My spirit seemed to sigh; 
No understanding could I sense — 

No answer to my cry! 

Then o'er my spirit came a hush! 

(My Host was with me now) 
A soothing Hand of tender love 

Was placed upon my brow! 

"This thing is sent from Me," He said, 
"Oh, don't be crushed with fears!" 

Then, in my heart I saw Him! 
His face was wet with tears. 

You love me, Lord, I see it — 

This suffering — can it be 
This pain and woe afflicting me 

Were borne as well by Thee?" 

Then all this must be needed 

These pains — of worth untold — 
These weights are wings to fly with Thee 

And glimpse the street of gold! 

Forgive me. Lord for sighing. 

About this mortal clay — 
Help me to soar the heavenlies 

And trust Thee, come what may! 

Grace Her Young 
from LeToumear NOV 

January 12, 1974 

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Lord, I am safe with you; 

never let me be defeated! 
Because you are righteous, help me and rescue me. 

Listen to me and save me! 
Be my secure shelter, 

and a strong fortress to protect me; 

you are my refuge and defense. 

My God, rescue me from wicked men, 

from the power of cruel and evil men. 
Lord, I put hope in you; 

I have trusted in you since I was young. 
I have relied on you all my life; 

you have protected me since I was born; 

I will always praise you! 

My life has been a mystery to many, 
but you are my strong defender. 

All day long I praise you 
and proclaim your glory. 

Do not reject me now that I am old; 

do not abandon me now that I am feeble! 

My enemies want to kill me; 

they talk and plot against me. 

They say, "God has abandoned him; 
let us go after him and catch him, 
because there is no one to rescue him!" 

Don't stay so far away, God; 

my God, help me now! 
May those who attack me 

be defeated and destroyed! 
May those who try to hurt me 

be shamed and disgraced! 
I will always put my hope in you; 

I will praise you more and more. 

I will tell of your righteousness; 

all day long I will speak of your salvation, 

though it is more than I can understand. 
I will praise your power. Lord God; 

I will proclaim your righteousness, 

yours alone. 

You have taught me ever since I was young, 
and I still tell of your wonderful acts. 

Now that I am old and my hair is gray, 
do not abandon me, God! 

Be with me while I proclaim your power and might 
to all generations to come. 

Your righteousness, God, reaches the skies. 
You have done great things; 
there is no one like you! 

/ am old and my hair is gray 

You have sent troubles and suffering on me, 
but you will restore my strength; 
you will keep me from the grave. 

You will make me greater than ever; 

you will comfort me again. 
I will indeed praise you with the harp; 

I will praise your faithfulness, my God. 
On my harp I will play hymns to you, 

the Holy One of Israel. 

I will shout for joy as I play for you; 

with my whole being I will sing, 

because you have saved me. 
I will speak of your righteousness all day long, 

because those who tried to harm me 

have been defeated and disgraced. 

Psalm 71 from the Today's English Version of thei 
New Testament. Copyright (c) American Bibk 
Society 1966, 1971. 

The Brethren 


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In This Issue: 

3 Praise The Lord For Modem Day 

Good Samaritans by Delia Davis 

6 World Religious News In Review 

8 Missionary News 

10 Signal Light Stories for February 

12 Benevolent Board Area Features 

18 Sisterhood 

20 How To Communicate With The Creator 
Of The Universe by Wm. S. Porte 

22 The Layman's Page 

23 A Letter To God 

by Becky Null 

24 The Board of Christian Education 

26 News From The Brethren 

27 Church News 

29 Poetry Corner 

30 LaffA-Little Cheep Advice 



Recently a letter was received by the editor 
from Mrs. Delia Davis of Sarasota, Florida who 
is the author of two poems which were published 
in past issues of THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST. 

The article entitled, Praise The Lord for Modern 
Day Good Samaritans which accompanied this 
letter brought to the editor a period of nostalgia 
of his former career as a "knight of the road" 
for almost 30 years. 

As I read the article the odor of diesel fuel 
seemed to permeate my sense of smell momen- 
tarily and remind me of quite a few incidents, 
some humorous and some not humorous at all 
and not easily blocked out of the memory bank. 

Mrs. Davis' article was prompted by the prayers, 
laughter and tears shared with their son who 
also has a love for the "big rigs" as a driver with 
nearly 2 million miles accumulated during the 
past 19 years. 

I feel that I am not alone in expressing my 
appreciation for the two-fold purpose which Mrs. 
Davis had in mind as she wrote this article. Her 
letter states that she hopes it would stimulate a 
generous amount of tolerance and love toward 
the majority of these men who are responsible for 

the transportation of practically everything w 
eat, wear and utilize in our homes. Also, to ei 
courage those of our readers who may be of th 
"over the road" group to be witnesses for th 
Lord wherever their journeys over the vast ne 
work of asphalt and concrete may take them. 

The article referred to is published on page thre 
of this issue and in behalf of the many men 
have had the privilege to consider as very dea 
friends throughout half of my life I wish to e; 
press my personal appreciation to Mrs. Davis fc 
her sentiments. (Editor) 

A special Library Offer is being introduced i 
this issue on publications written by the late D: 
Albert T. Ronk. Details of this offer are presente 
on the back cover of this issue. The supply c 
the free book is limited. 

January 26, 1974 

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By the Way 







I am a woman and I have a story to tell. We 
ire confronted with a problem every time we go 
Dut on the highways, and we have traveled on 
them from the east to the west coast and from 
Canada to Mexico. As we travel we continually 
hear strong criticism and even cursing of the 
operators of the "highway box cars," or the "over- 
ithe-road technicians" as these truck drivers jok- 
ingly call themselves. I am sad when I hear them 
unduly criticized by fellow motorists. 

Does your disposition show as you are perhaps 
compelled to stay behind one of these large 
vehicles for a few miles, not being able to see 
over, under or through them? If it does show, 
hvhat is it showing most? Could it be love and 
understanding, or just plain contempt and nasti- 
ness? It is said that a person's true character 
comes through when he — or she — gets behind the 
steering wheel of an automobile. Many a Chris- 
tian who would not think of missing a church 
'service, or a prayer meeting, is more than a little 
disturbed when he finds himself in this position 
behind a moving semi-tractor and trailer, going 
down the road a little slower than is his usual 
1 speed. I'm afraid the indignation he shows is not 
always righteous. Slowing down is good for us 
! sometimes and, while we are going slower, con- 

isider some of the facts of this man's life. He is 
entrusted with a tremendous responsibility. I say 
entrusted because he must prove himself trust- 
< worthy to operate such a vehicle and be respon- 
sible for its cargo reaching its destination safely 
'■ and in the shortest, safest, period of time. In many 
« of our states the allowed length of these rigs is 
65 feet. This size when loaded to capacity weighs 
over 73,000 lbs. One tire mounted on the wheel 
may weigh as much as the driver himself, and 
there are at least 18 of those tires. The 12 to 14 
■' gears make it necessary for him to be continually 
■ climbing from one gear to the next to the next, 
and when they are slowed down unnecessarily by 
a thoughtless motorist they may drive 12 to 15 
miles before regaining their rolling speed. So 
these jobs are not filled by a bunch of empty- 
headed (whatever you may have called them as 
you were forced to slow down behind them.) 

Their signs and signals have a language in 
themselves, and we could profit by learning their 
language. The man riding in that cab is a lonely 
man in many ways, and is glad to speak through 
his signs and light signals. He will also break 
the monotony of his day by delighting the heart 
of a child in a passing car who is desperately 
animating a request for him to blow the big air 
horns. Yes, these men have human traits. Iheir 
hearts are as big as the vast land that they cover. 
There are some of whom the rest are not proud, 
the same as the numbers on our church rolls of 
whom our pastors are not proud, but in both 
cases I'm sure they are in the minority. 

These men also have souls, and I am made to 
wonder how many people have ever shared the 
love of God through Jesus Christ with them. In- 
stead of wishing them off the road, how many 
have sincerely prayed for them, for their safety, 
for their families, and for their spiritual welfare? 

Their opportunities of service to their fellow 
man cover a wide area, and most of them are 
eager to lend a helping hand, as in the cases of 
the following incidents: 

It was night. A car in the distance was in 
trouble. Approaching the scene, the huge truck 
slowed and stopped. The car had burnt out the 
whole motor and the family of four was in dis- 
tress. They had tried in vain for two hours to stop 
someone who would help them, even if only to 
telephone help from the nearest town, but all 
"passed by on the other side." They were many 
hundred miles from home and the area was all 
strange to them. This can be pretty frightening 
at night. No one wanted to take the chance of 
becoming involved. Then the truck driver came 
along and stopped. The car had to be towed to a 
garage, and this he did with his own truck. This 
was his home stretch from a three day run. The 
family had to have a place to stay and he helped 
them get settled in a motel room. During their 
forced stay of three days in the strange town, 
this driver and his wife had them in their home 
different times. As they were ready to leave on 
their homeward way the wife and mother said, 
(continued on next page) 

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The Brethren Evangelist! 

"I told John that night, if anyone would ever stop 
to help, it would be a truck driver. God bless him!" 

Another incident: It was late in March 1973. 
Winter was in the throes of death and heaving 
one last breath of ice and snow across Interstate 
80 in eastern Wyoming. The drifts were forming 
in ever growing ripples across the pavement 
until they looked like waves on the ocean. They 
became increasingly deeper and harder to hurdle 
as the storm lashed out its fury against all travel- 
ers who found themselves on the road that day. 
Busses, cars, and trucks alike picked their way 
carefully as long as it was possible to move. Down 
this road, moving ever so slowly, was the inev- 
itable highway box car — a semi-truck with two 
trailers — windshield wipers flapping at a rapid 
speed to enable the driver to see through a small 
opening into the dense mixture of ice and snow 
whirling about him. The storm intensified until 
all traffic was stopped. This condition prevailed 
for nineteen and a half hours, making it necessary 
for all occupants to stay in their respective ve- 
hicles as a protection from the storm. 

The driver of this big truck settled down to the 
deafening quiet of the cubicle of his truck cab, 
which was to be his shelter for the duration. With 
his ear trained on his small radio, he was also 
alert for any movement about him. After several 
hours of this tense situation, he thought he saw 
a dim object moving within yards of his truck. He 
put on all the warm clothing and the boots that 
he had with him to make the descent from the 
cab and investigate the goings on in the outside 
world. He was astonished to find that a small car 
had slid off the road, and a family with four small 
children were desparately in need of help. They 
were from sunny California and were hardly 
prepared for this devastating experience. With 

great difficulty, against 50 m.p.h. winds, each 
child was taken and helped into that truck cab. '• 
The parents, too, were helped as they entered the ' 
temporary shelter which was to be their mecca 
for the next 10 hours. The motor was run sparing- 
ly to conserve fuel but at the same time furnish; 
some warmth from the extreme cold. , 

What do you do with seven people in a trucks 
cab for ten hours? Fortunately the children could I 
sleep some in the sleeper bunk and, in the mean- 
time, the parents and driver had time to discuss 
many subjects and to share their faith and en^i 
couragement with one another. 

This driver, as a child, had often heard the 
story of the Good Samaritan, never dreaming he 
would some day be tested for the part. And now, 
except for the difference in locale and circum- 
stances, he was confronted with the same con- 
cern — the welfare of others. He did the best he 
could to keep them comfortable and the children 
entertained. It was not until snowmobiles were 
sent out the next day from Cheyenne, Wyoming, 
to rescue all victims of the storm, that he re- 
leased the family from his protection. 

These are but two incidents of mercy on the 
road, but I am sure that there are hundreds of 
truck operators across this great land that have 
reacted in such a manner of love and concern for 
their fellow man. So the next time you are tempted 
and tried, please don't curse or criticize them buti 
smile and wave and help brighten their day. Last- 
ly, breathe a prayer for them that they may be 
ready physically, mentally, and spiritually to meet 
any situation that arises. 

Praise the Lord for Modern Day Good 

Delia Davis 

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January 26, 1974 

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GLENDALE, Calif. (EP I— Leaving the sensa- 
tional reporting and political speculation to others, 
the president of Food for the Hungry has issued 
nine predictions for 1974 which he considers 

Dr. Larry Ward said despite the "harsh, dirty, 
.unpleasant, unrealistic world of hunger in which 
:he lives, he preaches hope in Jesus Christ beyond 
jthe trials of the immediate. His predictions for 

— A major natural disaster of international pro- 
portions early in 1974. (We are never more than 
about six months away from a major disaster. In 
the last century earthquakes alone have claimed 
over 900,000 lives.) 

— Shortages — real, imagined, rumored, fabri- 
cated — of many different kinds, inci'easing in num- 
ber as 1974 continues and provoking violent pro- 
tests and pendulumic backlash controls. (Hoard- 
ing will lead to numerous localized problems and 
j incidents of violence in the United States.) 

— A growing interest in biblical prophecy on 
!the part of the general public, including the un- 
churches and leading to mass media interest. 
Eschatological speculation will focus on the per- 
son of the anti-Christ prophesied in Scripture. 

— A definite, documented UFO incident before 
year-end '74, leading to official acknowledgement 
of UFO activity . . . sparking congressional de- 
mands for action . . . leading to unusual coopera- 
tion among world bodies . . . resulting in a totally 
mew consideration: that UFO visits are not extra- 
terrestrial probes but overt demonic manifesta- 
tions adapted to 20th Century cultural context and 
linked with anti-Christ activity. 

— Continuing drought and famine crises in 
Africa and the India/Bangladesh Sub-Continent, 
with the threat of widespread epidemics resulting 
from long-term malnutrition. A new "hunger 
front" looming elsewhere in the world. 

— A major crop crisis in the U.S., which — 
coupled with rising prices and fears of shortage — 
leads to serious consideration of food rationing. 
Sharp increase in "food minus" areas elsewhere, 
with scattered food riots. Sri Lanka (Ceylon) has 
recently introduced public whipping as a penalty 
for stealing scarce foods. Watch Instances such as 
this multiply. 

— Continued climatological changes throughout 
the world, such as the 30-mile-a-year southward 
growth of the Sahara Desert. Continued drift in 
1974 toward the threatened return of 18th Century 
weather, with scientists warning that "there will 
be glacial conditions in America within the next 
100 years." 

— Against the dark backdrop of shortages, 
hoarding, riots, reprisals — the rise of a new spirit 
of caring and sharing in the developed nations, 
sparked both by youth returning to the open- 
hearted idealism of pioneer days, and by children 
rising up in a spontaneous expression of love and 

— Churches of evangelical, conservative . . . 
persuasion will rediscover the mission of the 
church to "the whole man" and proclaim with 
new insight the sublime simplicity of scriptural 
solution to shortages and human need: "If you 
have extra food, give it away to those who are 
hungry" (Luke 3:11). 


NEW YORK (EP)— Evangelist Billy Graham 
has warned in a national television address that 
America is facing the most dangerous crisis of its 
history — "disintegration from within." 

In his unprecedented New Year's Eve appear- 
ance, which was telecast on some 350 CBS affil- 
iates at different times, the evangelist declared 
that "we enter 1974 with tens of millions of Ameri- 
cans confused, discouraged, cyniccd, afraid, and 

After listing such events of 1973 as Watergate, 
the Middle East war and the energy crisis, Mr. 
Graham asserted, "No one can deny the fact that 
our nation faces one of the gravest crises of its 
history." He acknowledged that the nation had 
faced serious crises during the Revolutionary War, 
the Constitutional Convention, and the Civil War, 
but said, "now we face what I believe to be the 
most dangerous crisis in all of our history." 

This is the case, the evangelist commented, be- 
cause "in virtually all of the past crises, with the 
exception of the Civil War, our nation was con- 
fronted by external threats. But today we face 
the greatest of all threats — disintegration from 

Mr. Graham noted that some persons have 
accused him of "being a moral alarmist who leans 
on the panic button." But, he added, "I have 
traveled over the world too much, talked privately 
to many of our national leaders, and sifted the 
fears and concerns of the average American too 
many times to be overly optimistic about the state 
of the nation." 

The evangelist cautioned that "the worst course 
of action would be to bury our heads in the sand 
and shrink or hide from the dangers that threaten 
to engulf us." 

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The Brethren Evangelist 

World Religious News 

in Review 


WASHINGTON, D.C. (EP)— Relief through leg- 
islation appears to be dim now as non-profit mail- 
ers face the escalating postal rate burden to begin 
early in 1974, according to EPA Postal Repre 
sentative Russell T. Hitt. 

James Doyle, executive secretary of the Catholic 
Press Association, testified before the Cost of 
Living Council as a representative also of Asso- 
ciation Church Press, the American Jewish Press, 
and the Evangelical Press Association. 

The press representatives of religious publishers 
concentrated on per-piece surcharge areas because 
pound rate increases are not as onerous as the 
scheduled per-piece surcharges, Hitt explained. He 
said the press representatives thought the Cost 
of Living Council might respond to a reduction 
of the surcharge rates because "they are so 
patently and obviously unfair to our religious non- 
profit press." 

When asked by the Cost of Living Council what 
rate structure the non-profits could live with, the 
press representatives put forward the following 
proposal of reducing the per piece surcharge by 
50 per cent: 

Per-piece surcharge rates: 
Postal Service Proposal Proposal 

1973 .3 .3 

1974 .47.6 .4 

1975 .8 .5 

1976 1.1 .6 

1977 1.3 .7 

1978 1.5 .8 

1979 1.7 .9 

1980 2.0 1.0 

1981 2.2 1.1 

"At the moment the prospect of relief through 
legislation looks dim," Hitt observed. "Washington 
is virtually paralyzed today. It is amazing how the 
vast government colossus is muscle-bound by the 
lack of White House leadership." 

He indicated there was little hope for a revival 
of the ill-fated Hanley bill (HR 8929) in this ses- 
sion, a measure upon which non-profit mailers had 
hung their hopes earlier in the year. 


WASHINGTON, D.C. (EP)— The United States 
is in "deep spiritual trouble," and each citizen 
must "repent or perish," Evangelist Billy Graham 
said in a Dec. 16 pre-Christmas sermon at the 
White House worship service. 

Preaching to an audience which included the 
President, Vice President Ford, their wives and 

members of Congress, Dr. Graham said he believ^ 
America "stands on the threshold of Divine juda 
ment today. Morally, socially, economically, poli^ 
cally and spiritually we are in deep trouble," 
said. "We must reorder our priorities. We all ad 
mit that we need some sweeping social reforms- 
and in true repentance we must determine to do 
something about it. But our greatest need is a 
change in heart." 

The evangelist said nearly everyone he talks 
to "seems to sense that a hurricane is about to 
break on the world of cataclysmic proportions." 
The real message of Christmas, he declared, was 
the promise of a second coming of the Messiah. 

The Army Chorus sang at the service, standing, 
in for the 14-member Yale Choir because > 
the Connecticut men had refused to give assur- 
ances that they would not do anything to em- 
barrass the President. 


WASHINGTON, D.C. (EP)— Nearly two old 
marital unions are being terminated in the courts 
for every five new ones contracted at the altar, 
according to the National Center for Health 

In its latest report on births, marriages, divorces 
and deaths, there were 1,727,000 marriages in the 
U.S. and 678,000 divorces. This is a ration of one 
divorce for each 2.56 marriages. 

Marriages and divorce are both up this year 
over last, but the increase in divorces was much 
greater than that in marriages. 

The national divorce rate, expressed in number 
of divorces per year per 1,000 population, is con- 
tinuing a long, steady rise, the report reveals. The 
rate was 3.4 in 1970, 3.6 in 1971, 4.0 in 1972 and 4.3 
in 1973. 


HOUSTON (EP)— The hope of rebuilding the 
ancient Jewish temple in Jerusalem is still very 
much alive, but no Israeli official or religious 
leader in Judaism plans to construct it now, said 
the head Orthodox rabbi in the United States. 

Rebuilding the temple on its original site would 
require the removal of the Moslem's Mosque of 
Omar (Dome of the Rock). That would have seri- 
ous international rej>ercussions since the Moslems 
consider the mosque a sacred place. Rabbi David 
B. Hollander explained. 

"When will the messiah come?" he was asked. 

"Every day we pray for his coming," the Presi- 
dent of the (Orthodox) Rabbinical Alliance of 
America said. 

iJanuary 26, 1974 

Page Seven 


PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. (EP)— The oil 
crisis in Arab-Israel conflict over Old Jerusalem 
"make the prophetic pattern immediately pre- 
ceding the Second Coming even closer than I 
thought a year ago." 

Lindsey, author of the best-selling book on bib- 
lical prophecy, The Late Great Planet Earth, told 
New York Times reporter E. Russell Chandler 
that he believes the Israelis will not sacrifice the 
old sector of the city, which was unified in June 
of 1967 under Jewish sovereignty for the first 
time in 1,897 years. 

"There is no way the Israelis will give Old Jeru- 
salem up," Author Lindsey stated in the interview. 
"It's non-negotiable. They would rather see their 
nation destroyed. 

The Dallas Seminary graduate advances evidence 
that Jesus will return to judge and rule the world 
in this generation. "The Arabs and Israelis are 
drawing in the whole world," he told the Times. 
"Arab possession of proven oil resources is the 
key. . . . Tension revolves around the Arab summit 
demand of the return of all Arab lands, including 
Old Jerusalem." 

The 41-year-old former Mississippi riverboat 
captain said sales of his book have reached the 
five million mark. A sequel titled, "There's a New 
■World Coming," sold 400,000 copies the first month 
out. A third book sandwiched in between the two 
titled, Satan Is Alive and 'Well on Planet Earth, 
has sold two million copies. 

Dr. Dvright Pentecost, a professor of Bible 
exposition at Dallas, concurred with the Lindsey 
viewpoint. "What I see is in perfect harmony 
with the Scripture," eschatological Pentecost told 
Chandler. Citing the 38th and 39th chapters of 
Ezekiel, and the 11th chapter of the book of 
Daniel, he said Arab nations, allied strongly with 
Russia, "pose a great threat against Israel. . . . 
Israel is looking more and more to the West for 

This, he explained, will drive European nations 
closer together, and then Russia and the Arab 
nations will move in and overrun Israel. These 
events, according to both Dr. Pentecost and Mr. 
Lindsey, will immediately precede the Second 

"No one knows the day or the hour of Christ's 
return," Lindsey cautioned, referring to Bible 
passages. "But Jesus said the generation which 
sees these things come to pass would not see 
death, but would indeed see the coming of the 
Lord ahead of unprecedented judgment that would 
fall on the unbelieving world." 


BUFFALO, N.Y. (EP) — A Roman Catholic 
church here has started accepting credit cards 
in lieu of cash donations. 

The Church of the Coronation of the Blessed 
Virgin Mary launched the plan as a means of in- 
creasing its income. Paul Totaro, a member of 
the finance committee, said credit cards aid parish- 
ioners in budgeting fixed amounts for church 


NASHVILLE (EP)— Owen Cooper, president of 
the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) and a re- 
tired industrialist, said here that he favors a vol- 
untary si.x-day business week as an energy-con- 
serving measure. 

"The number of businesses open on the Lord's 
Day, such as energy-consuming shopping centers 
in full operation and large quantities of gasoline 
still consumed in pursuit of the secular, not only 
strikes a blow at the American home but also 
gives a boost for 'Mammon' at the expense of 
God,' " Cooper said. 

He indicated that most people work only five 
days, and the sixth day could be used for shopping 
and personal business. He called on all people who 
recognize Saturday or Sunday or any other day 
as the "Lord's Day" to voluntarily help preserve 
that day's religious significance for them. 


PHILADELPHIA (EP)— The awarding of the 
Nobel Peace Prize to Secretary of State Henry 
Kissinger for his role in the Vietnam cease-fire 
has drawn criticism from the American Friends 
Service Committee ( AFSC i , a 1947 recipient of 
the Prize. 

The Quaker group charged that the 1973 Peace 
Prize "has been given to honor the end of a war 
that has not ended, to men whose power comes 
not from their humanitarianism or their witness 
to the sanctity of life, but rather from their na- 
tions' capacity to kill and destroy." 

Le Due Tho of North Vietnam, with whom Dr. 
Kissinger was to share the award, declined to ac- 
cept, at least until peace in Vietnam is established, 
the Quakers said. 

"Mr. Kissinger may yet, if he wills it, help bring 
peace to Vietnam," the Quaker statement said. 
Without his initiatives, "the war and suffering 
wdll continue as they have continued since the 
January 'cease-fire.' This we know first-hand be- 
cause the maimed and the dying still pour into our 
Quaker medical center in Quang Ngai in undimim- 
ished numbers." 

The AFSC said "what is called for now in Viet- 
nam is peace that is peace, and not war in the 
name of peace. Henry Kissinger can now begin 
to help achieve it. To do so would he a far greater 
honor than receiving a prize for negotiations that 
have failed to bring peace." 


NE'W ORLEANS (EP)— The seven children of 
Mrs. Raymond McCarry were too young to visit 
their mother in the hospital, but they got their 
message to her just the same. 

On the lawn below the ailing mother's window 
her children spelled out "Mama we love you" in 
leaves, circled by a giant heart also fashioned by 
fallen leaves. 

Mrs. McCarry is a patient at the Ochsner Foun- 
dation Hospital in New Orleans where she is un- 
dergoing tests. 

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Report from Argentina 

After a long wait, the Argentine worl^ers were 
ready to start during the month of November and 
throughout the summer months (here south of 
the equator), special campaigns and efforts with 
the brand new, colorful tent. 

Structural framework for the tent going up. 

The Argentine Missionary Council had planned 
and worked with a Brethren layman who is a tent 
maker, to make the first tent of this type in Argen- 
tina. The frame is made completely out of alum- 
inum pipes, each approximately six feet long, so 
that they will lay flat in the bed of our brand 
new pick-up truck. The pipe connections are al- 
most all the same and those that are different 
are marked with different colors to prevent errors 
in erecting the tent. 

The top, made of a very light canvas with stripe 
about five feet wide in bright blue and orange 
that people can see it from a long distance, isl 
very attractive. Missionary Bill Winter has just I 
finished the installation of flourescent fixtures 
which will add that much more when used at 
night. The tent can be opened at both ends and 
on the sides when necessary to accommodate 
more people and for ventilation as needed. 

This tent, with the pick-up truck which has had 
a cabin added over the bed for better protection 
of the tent and equipment, plus the Evangelistic 
Mobile Equipment (the Audio-Visual trailer) 
should give us the best tools we have ever had 
for evangelism and church extension. 

Pray for the efforts during the summer months. 
We believe that if you pray with us as we work 
with these tools, we will be reporting to you great 
results for the Glory and Honor of our Lord and 

Interior of the neiv campaign 
tent for Argentina. 

A new tool for evangelism ready for use! 

January 26, 1974 

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itittleii MiniUfi/ in Si. PUBniiitg. Fhhh 

Phil i Jim tineh 

Baanie Manito 



"What's a good thing that could happen to you 
this Christmas season?" That was the question 
posed on the first Sunday in Advent at Brethren 
House. The adults that were gathered for worship 
that day pondered. Then one spoke, a mother of 
four who attends with her husband and children 
each Sunday. 

"I want my children to learn the deeper mean- 
ing of Christmas. We all need it too. I want them 
to learn there is more than just Santa Claus. And 
I'm counting on Brethren House to teach them 

That's a big order, but it is our goal. With all of 
the emphasis on stuff and getting that kids are 
bombarded with on the television, in newspapers, 

and in the stores, we don't even have equal time 
(or resources). But our product has more quality. 

Heeding the directives in the Old Testament to 
"teach them (Deut. 6:4-5) diligently to your chil- 
dren, and . . . talk of them when you sit . . . when 
you walk . . . when you lie down . . . when you 
rise . . . bind them as a sign upon your hand . . . 
as frontlets between your eyes . . . write them on 
the doorposts of your house and on your gates," 
we will do our utmost to bombard their senses 
with the message of Christmas. The walls, the 
ceiling, the tables, the floor will all become space 
for advertising God's love in Christ available for 
all (no energy crisis with God's love). 

Christian adults will guide, encourage, enable, 
and explain when needed to assure each child an 
opportunity to receive love and understanding. 
Love, forgiveness, and patience will be practiced 
when children don't deserve God's love. This way 
grace will be enacted. Oh, this enactment will fail 
many times, but we trust God will guide the 
growth of the teachers in this very difficult area 
of curriculum. 

Yes, Brethren House exists, not only to teach 
the deeper meaning of Christmas, but the true 
meaning of life: investing all of one's resources 
into extending God's love. May God help us to 
become equipped for the job. 

— Jean 


LIVING MEMORIALS constitute a good stewards' way to honor loved ones and 
help to expand the outreach of missions. 

LIVING MEMORIALS can consist of a gift from an individual, relatives, group 
of friends, or a series of gifts through a local church. 

When a living memorial is received at the Missionary Board, a memorial card is 

sent to the family of the deceased, when we are advised, letting them know their 

loved one has been memorialized. 

The following who have gone home to the Lord have been honored in the year 1973: 
Bryan Church, Woman's Missionary Society in remembrance of Mary Hineman. 

Mr. Thomas Bowie, son of Mrs. Harriet Welch, Washington, D.C. memorialized. 

Memorial gift from the Falls City Church was offered for a scholarship to Riverside 
Christian Training School students in loving memory of Florence Cleaver and Mary 
V. Cheevir. 

An annual gift for Krypton Missions was given by Lula Hall Poffenberger in mem- 
ory of her father, Reverend Joseph I. Hall. 

In loving memory of Dallas Edwards, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lavern Edwards 
of Lanark, Illinois gave a gift to the library at the Argentine Bible Institue and 
a gift to India missions. 

OscEur L. Burt has been memorialized with a gift to Lost Creek, Kentucky from 
William Homig, Meyersdale, Pennsylvania. 

In loving memory of Reverend and Mrs. Edwin Boardman a living memorial to 
India and to the Argentine Bible Institute library. 

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The Brethren Evangelist 

Signal Light's Stories for February 




"Mom," called the boy as he ran to the house. 
"Mom, Jesus is going down the road. Lots of 
people are following Him. They want to see Him 
make sick people well. Let's go, too. Please, may 

"I wish we could, Son," answered Mom. "But I 
must finish baking this bread before Dad gets 
home for lunch." 

"Oh," said the boy and Mom knew he was dis- 

"I tell you what," continued Mom. "Why don't 
you go? See the crowd is stopping on the hillside 
over there. You can listen to Jesus teach. You 
can watch Him heal. Then you can tell Dad and 
me all about it." 

The boy's eyes sparkled. A smile crept across 
his face. "May I? May I really go?" he asked. 

"Yes," answered Mom as she put five of the 
small freshly baked loaves of bread into a basket. 
"You will get hungry before you get back," she 
said as she put two dried fish into the basket 
also. "Now, run along. Listen and watch care- 
fully. We will want to know all about it." 

The boy ran quickly down the path, across the 
field to the hillside where Jesus was talking to 
the crowd. He slipped between people and around 
groups until he was standing very close to Jesus. 

The boy listened as Jesus talked. He watched as 
Jesus put His hand on sick people and they were 
well. "He can do anything. Jesus can do anything!" 
thought the boy. 

Then he heard Jesus say to the disciples, "The 
people are hungry. Let's give them food before 
they start home." 

Philip said, "But Jesus, there are thousands of 
people here! Where can we get enough food for 
all of them?" 

The boy was standing near Andrew. He tugged 
on Andrew's sleeve. Andrew leaned down to hear 
the boy. 

"I have a lunch," said the child. "Jesus may use 
it to feed the people." And he handed his basket 
to Andrew. 

Andrew smiled at the boy as he took the basket. 
He turned to Jesus. "This boy has given You his 
lunch, but see there are only five small loaves and 
two fish. What good are they for all these people?" 

"Tell everyone to sit down," Jesus said as He 
took the basket. 

"Thank You, God," He prayed, "Thank You for 
this food." 

Then Jesus began to take food from the basket 
and give it to the disciples to pass to the people. 

The boy could hardly believe his eyes. There 
was enough food for all those thousands of people 
and twelve basketsful left when the people were 
through eating. All of that from his small lunch 
basket ! 

His eyes sparkled as he ran down the hillside, 
across the field and up the path to home. 

"Mom! Dad!" he shouted. "Jesus can do any- 
thing! "He really can do anything!" 

— Based on John 6:1-13 

Memory Scripture: Deuteronomy 31:6b 

n January 26, 1974 

Page Eleven 


Jack Jones was lonesome. He missed his friends 
and relatives in the United States. 

Oh, yes, he knew his family had come to Colom- 
bia to serve God. He was glad his parents were 
missionaries, but still he was lonesome. 

The evangelico Christians were not welcome in 
many homes. Some people said they were wicked 
and did not worship God as they should. 

"No friends," mumbled Jack as he kicked a 
stone on the sidewalk. 

The stone skipped bump, bump, bump on the 
walk ahead of him. It landed near a boy who was 
leaning against a fence watching Jack. 

The boy gave the stone another kick and 
watched it skip down the walk. Then he turned to 
Jack who by this time was near him. 

"Hello," he said with a smile. "Why do you 
look so sad on this lovely day?" 

"I'm lonesome," repUed Jack. "I want a friend 
to talk with and to play with." 

"My name is Jose Salvo. I live here," said the 
boy. "I'll be your friend. Let's go to the park to 

The two boys went to the nearby playground 
! and spent a happy hour together. 

"I have to go home now," Jack told his new 
friend. "Will you play with me tomorrow?" 

"Sure," answered Jose. "I'll walk home with 
you so I know where you live. 

A short time later Jack said, "This is where I 

Jose stared at the house. "But that's where those 
new Evangelicos live." 

Jack nodded. 

"You're bad! You're bad!" shouted Jose as he 
ran swiftly away from Jack. 

Jack had to blink hard to keep back the tears. 
"It was nice having a friend for an hour," he 
thought, "but I would like to have a full-time 

The next day as Jack slowly walked to the park 
he noticed some ants on the sidewalk. He stooped 
to watch them. 

Suddenly a boy who was running down the 
street stumpled over him. It was Jose. 

"Now look what you did!" he shouted. 

"Was it my fault you fell?" asked Jack. "Wasn't 
it because you didn't look where you were going?" 

"Well, yes, I guess so," said Jose. "But you're 

"Did you think I was bad when we played to- 
gether yesterday?" 

"No," answered Jose. "But all Evangelicos are 

"If your mother says it's all right to be my 
friend will you?" asked Jack. 

"Sure," replied Jose. 

"Come. Let's go to your house," said Jack tugg- 
ing at Jose's sleeve. 

As they came to Jose's home he saw his mother 
standing by the fence talking with another woman. 

"Come, Son," she called. "This is my new friend 
Mrs. Jones." 

"And this," said Mrs. Jones, "is my son Jack." 

"How nice!" laughed Mrs. Salvo. "Now our 
boys can be friends, too." 

"Good!" shouted both boys as they ran off to- 
gether to play. 

March 1, 1974 


a time wheti 

Christians everywhere 

gather together 

to pray 

"Loved, We Will Love," 

a Bible-centered worship 

guide prepared by the 

National Association of 

Evangelicals, is available 
in booklet form for group 

participation in church 
and community services. 





National Association of Evangeln 

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Almost since the Brethren Church began in 
America, it has been concerned with the needs of 
its elders. In the 1700's the first home was built 
in Pennsylvania, Histories do not tell what hap- 
pened to this original one, but one that has stood 
during the years is the one built here in Flora by 
the Brethren Church in 1923. It is a beautiful 
extremely well-built old home, that was abandoned 
in 1968, due to no longer being able to meet state 
standards, for a modern efficient nursing home. 
This old building has stood like a grand old lady, 
knowing she was important to the Brethren 
Church, rich in its history. Now, once more, she 
is coming into her own. She is again serving a 
useful, historical part for the church. Nine apart- 
ments are presently being completed within, and 
along with the cottage apartments, this has he- 
come Brethren Village, another addition to The 
Brethren's Home, giving a modern approach to 
solving the problems of making retirement years 
meaningful for its residents. 

The Brethren's Home is pioneering in an area 
of human understanding which has long been 
neglected throughout the country. Americans are 
living longer useful lives, and thus, increasing 
the proportion of the aged in our population, and 
problems of care for them. 

Brethren Village is being built to encourage 
people to remain independent as long as possible, 
yet have the assurance of aid nearby, if needed. 
As an important entity of The Brethren's Home, 
also with an intercom in each apartment directly 
into the Nurse's station of the Home, the residents 
are assured of medical care and assistance at any 

time should it be needed. They can live here ii 
perfect confidence, knowing that there will al- 
ways be someone nearby to check on them and 
make sure they are all right. 

There are nine apartments, eight with one 
bedroom, and one with two bedrooms. Each apart 
ment will include a kitchenette, bath, living room, 
and bedroom (si, and be provided with wall to 
wall carpeting and an individual heating cooling 
ventilating system. 

The main feature of the apartments is their 
proximity to the Nursing home itself. They will 
be joined by four apartments in two of the 

January 36, 1974 

Page Thirteen 

cottages, built in tlie 1950's, scheduled for reno- 
vation next spring, for an ultimate total of 13 

Residents will be guaranteed 20 days of free 
nursing care in the Nursing home yearly and a 
permanent bed in the Nursing home should they 
be unable to care for themselves at some future 

Each resident will be relieved of the traditional 
home-owners responsibilities of uplceep and 
grounds maintenance, as these will be provided 
by Brethren Village, individual housekeeping is 
expected, although housekeeping will be provided 
at an additional cost if requested. 

All utilities, except telephone, are included in 
the monthly comprehensive fee, and coin operated 
washers and dryers will be located off the Central 
lounge, where craft classes and programs will be 

To insure each resident at least one balanced 
meal daily, one such meal will be provided by the 
Nursing home as part of the basic services, al- 
though it is not mandatory. 

Each apartment will be sold on a Life-use Con- 
tract, with the cost amortized over a 10 year period 
at ten percent. If the resident should occupy the 
apartment for more than ten years, there would 
be no additional cost, other than the Monthly 
Comprehensive fee. 

Brethren Village has been created as complete 
concept of care for the elderly. There is no reason 
a capable elderly person should be forced into the 
traditional Nursing home when they are still able 
to care for themselves simply because there is 
no other way they can conveniently guarantee 
themselves Medical attention, or because they 
need a minimum care and no one to provide this. 
Brethren Village provides a way for dignity and 

Come see us — meet Brethren Village personally. 
It's a place that should make all Brethren proud 
of their ownership. 

Inquiries are invited — Visitors are welcome. 

Executive Consultant 
Rosemary Eddy 


Mid snow flakes and crackling 20-degree tem- 
perature, on December 15, Christmas was cele- 
brated with appropriate music, decorations, fun 
and games at Brethren Care. On this jubilant eve- 
ning the main lobby, decorated with traditional 
greens and tree, overflowed with gaily-dressed 
residents and their guests — each resident was 
allowed to invite two, and many of them had 
availed themselves of this opportunity. Most of 
the staff was present also. 

After a period of time spent greeting one another 
and meeting new friends, the master of cere- 
monies, Dick Boyd, presented various performers. 
First were some numbers commemorating the 
birth of Christ; then a musical ensemble, under 
the direction of Moreland House, provided enter- 
tainment of a lighter type, more the toe-tapping 

The piece de resistance for the evening burst 
upon the scene when Santa Claus, in full red and 
white regalia, with padding somewhat askew, 
romped in carrying his pack. 

He first provided remembrances for the "good 
little children," visitors of the residents; then he 
distributed to members of the staff and some 
residents humorous small items of special sig- 

nificance: a gaily- wrapped package containing a 
rubber washer, to the laundress who needs a new 
clothes washer; a long-handled sprinkling can to 
Aunt Alta, who loves to water all the plants in 
sight; a bubble pipe for Kenny, who loves to smoke 
his real pipe, and so on. 

These selections were appropriately inscribed 
with verses, composed by recreational director, 
Betty Boyd. Many laughs and much hand-clapping 
indicated enjoyment on all sides. 

The identity of the exuberant Santa, who tried 
without success to have someone kiss him, was 
not revealed; but his voice and brand of humor 
sounded strangely like Charlie Munson's. 

Finally, refreshments on a bountifully supplied 
table provided goodies for the most discriminating 
tastes. Everyone present seemed to enjoy the fes- 
tivities; in fact, as this writer remarked to a friend 
that favorable comments were heard all about, a 
resident nearby volunteered this: "Nothing too 
nice can be said about this place!" 

Much credit, of course, goes to Administrator 
Lenny Seaman and his dedicated staff. This was 
a time of real enjoyment and recognition of God's 
providential care. — il 

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The Brethren Evangelist' 


A Continuing Tradition of Caring — 

Since its beginning, The Brethren's I-Iome has 
been constantly striving to provide care for the 
aged and infirm members of The Brethren Church 
as well as the residents of the Flora area. As each 
year has passed since May of 1923, The Benevolent 
Board has been continually improving not only 
the physical facilities but maintaining the quality 
of care available to each resident of the Home. 

The year 1968 marked a giant step in progress 
when a new 46 bed residential and nursing care 
wing was opened and the original building was 
abandoned. On our fiftieth anniversary in 1973, 
great strides for the continued expansion of the 
facilities at The Brethren's Home are taking place. 
First, the original building is being renovated and 
remodeled into 9 apartment units. Several of these 
units were ready for occupancy in January and 
the remaining units should be finished within the 
next two months. The residential living facilities 
have been separated from the Nursing Home for 
bookkeeping purposes and the Apartment Com- 
plex has been renamed Brethren's Village. Also in 
our fiftieth year, a new 40 bed addition to the 
nursing home is under construction and should 
be ready for occupancy in June of 1974. 

During the past year, both the staff and resi- 
dents have experienced many memorable events. 
On April 21st an Easter egg hunt for the grand- 
children of the residents and children of the staff 
members was held. The residents had worked for 
days to decorate over 15 dozen Easter eggs, but 
the weather almost spoiled the occasion. However, 
the rain stopped in time for almost twenty young- 
sters to enjoy hunting for eggs and playing sev- 
eral games. 

The most memorable event of this past year was 
the commemoration of 50 years of service of The 
Brethren's Home. Following the program, ground 
was broken for the new 40-bed addition that is 
presently under construction. Residents had their 
crafts and handiwork displayed for a bazaar that 
was held all afternoon following the activities of 
the day. 

Groundbreaking for New Wing 

L. to R. — Rev. Ed West, Donnan Ronk, Gene 

Geaslen, Rev. W. E. Thomas, Charles 

Riddle, Mrs. Rosemary Eddy 

Neio Nursing Wing Under Construction . 
and snow! 

50th Anniversary Commemoration 

L. to R. — Mrs. Rosemary Eddy (standing), 

Rev. Clarence Kindley, Dorman Ronk, 

Rev. Ed West 

View From Apartment Being Constructed 
at Brethren's Village 

January 26, 1974 

Page Fifteen 

In June the Home purchased a mobile home to 
be used for office space for the construction people 
during the building of the wing. The mobile home 
was brought in and set up, but within two weeks 
a small tornado altered the site and position some- 
what. The contractor, Albert Schrock, was in the 
mobile when it was overturned, but escaped with 
only a few bruises. We were very fortunate that 
neither the contractor nor the mobile home sus- 
tained any major injury or damage since the 
mobile wasn't insured at the time. 

Constniction Mobile Home Toppled by Small 

Tornado — Albert Schrock peers out 

of mobile hom,e 

This year, Halloween took on a new meaning 
for the residents. All the staff members were 
encouraged to masquerade themselves for the day 
and many employees went to great lengths to 
make the day a success. 

Halloween with Ruth Harshbarger as 
"Aunt Jemima" 

■yaitl \\ ubU!. [itjlj and Joyce Yoder 
(right) Staff Members Dressed for 

Page Sixteen 

Christmas activities l^ept everyone quite busy 
thiis year. The annual Staff Christmas Party was 
held on December 11th and a total of 51 staff 
members and guests were in attendance for the 
carry-in supper. Each employee was presented 
with an individual gift plus a Bonus checlt while 
ten persons received Service Award Pins for years 
of service totaling over 37 years. The residents 
Christmas party was held on Christmas eve. Santa 
Claus made his appearance for the evening and 

The Brethren Evangelist 

passed out bundles of gifts to each resident. After 
everyone had opened gifts, all joined in the sing- 
ing of Carols. The evening was closed with the 
reading of the Christmas story from St. Luke 
and prayer. We would like to issue a special 
"Thanks" to all the churches and individuals that 
sent gifts to the Home for the residents. We woul< 
pray that each of you received as much blessin, 
from giving as the residents did by receiving these 

Staff Christmas Party 

Margaret Wilson is finally going to wear 

the pants on her shift! 

Santa Visits Bed Patients -with Gifts 

Each month a Birthday Party is held to honor 
those with birthdays falling in that month. Cake 
and punch is served to all of the residents and 
gifts that are sent in by a number of Brethren 
churches are distributed to those honored resi- 
dents. A birthday list is included for those church- 
es and individuals who send birthday cards to the 
people here. In the past, these cards have been 
very much appreciated by all of the individuals 
receiving them. 

Punch for the Kurember Birthday Party 
served by Mrs. Gene Geaslen 

January 26, 1974 

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' Amanda Roth 
- Grace Porte 


21 — Lena Hannell 
24 — Blanche Bowman 







- Daniel Gripe 

- Florence Sholly 

■ Ruth Lowery 

- Ellen Hodges 

- Flossie Burton 

■ Laura Appleton 

- Roxie Bowman 

- Mary Maus 

- Vera Fooshee 

- Gathryn Banker! 
Pearl Peterson 

- Maude Ayres 
Ursel Bobo 

- Laura Landes 

- Elizabeth Ridenour 
Donald Dickson 

-Everett Snell 
Audrey Randall 

■ Rosa Roth 
Minnie Hylton 

- Gladys Whetstone 

- Laura Wise 
-Gladys Snell 

- Pearl Showalter 

- Isabel Rammel 


17 — Pearl Rummel 



- Elsie Sink 

- Mary Alice Coomey 

- Leona Townsend 
Sulie Ward 

Otto Allen 
Grace Paxson 
■ Nora Kennedy 


18 — Lellie Reppert 

19 — Ida Rummel 

22 — Luema Flora 

23 — Deane Craig (Mrs.) 
25 — Maude Clingenpeel 

17 — Gladys Hanley 
27 — Ona Humbarger 

Truly the year of 1973 held many blessings for 
The Brethren's Home in Flora. We can only look 
forward to this New Year with great expectations. 
Personally, as Administrator of the Home, this 
year has presented us with many challenges as 
well as frustrations but the former always seems 
to overshadow the latter. Expansion plans are 
taking physical form after months of waiting; 
financially we continue to operate at a loss but 
with proposed rate increased and the income from 
the new wing, we are optimistic here. My family 
and I are now settled in our new home just west 
of the Home grounds, not to mention the arrival 
of our new income tax deduction, Chad Alan, born 
December 8. Oh yes, we have so many blessings 
to be thankful for that we hardly have time to 
enumerate on our problems. The task seems to be 
made easier in light of what our Lord said as 
recorded in Matthew 25:40 — "In as much as ye 
have done it unto one of the least of these my 
brethren, ye have done it unto me." Health care 
of our senior citizens is presenting new challenges 
each year and we have an obligation to meet the 
needs for not only our Brethren, but all those 
people requiring care. With God's guidance and 
the support of the Brethren, we will meet the 
increasing health care needs of the aging sector 
of our society. 

You can help meet these needs by your offer- 
ings, gifts, bequests or investments with the 
Benevolent Board. If you have funds you would 
like to invest in Christian work, you may obtain 
0-6% interest on these monies when invested with 
The Benevolent Board. Your investments aid us 
in developing facilities and services for the elderly. 
For further information on this program consult 
the last issue of The Evangelist or write to: 
625 Center Street 
Ashland, Ohio 44805 

Gene Geaslen, Administrator 
The Brethren's Home of Indiana, Inc. 

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The Brethren Evangelist 


This symbol was designed by Mrs. Norma 
Waters, our past treasurer. When you see 
it, think of the meaning each of the letters 
and ivord represents. 

Once upon a time there were 3 Christian girls 
who were all close to the same age. They went 
to school together and played together all the 
time. Each girl liked many of the same things 
as the others did. They each lilced the same color 
(blue), the same television show (The Walton's), 
the same boy (Bill), the same food (pizza), and 
the same sport (basketball). These girls even 
seemed to look alike sometimes. They each one 
really liked each other and they had so much 
fun together. 

Is this what we mean when we say "Sister- 
hood?" Yes and No! Yes, it is great to have really 
close Christian friends who like the same things 
and understand all about you. Yes, we do love to 
have fun with special people in our lives. Yet, 
"Sisterhood" means so much more than that. 

Our official name is the "Sisterhood of Mary 
and Martha" (S.M.M. ). This name is taken from 
Luke 10:38-42. Let's look at that passage in the 
New American Standard Version. 

"Now as they were traveling, He entered a 
certain village; and a woman named Martha 
welcomed Him into her home. And she had a 
sister called Mary, who moreover was listen- 
ing to the Lord's word, seated at His feet. 
But Martha was distracted with all her 
preparations; and she came up to Him, and 
said, 'Lord, do You not care that my sister' 
has left me to do all the serving alone? Then 
tell her to help me.' But the Lord answered 
and said to her, 'Martha, Martha, you are 
worried and bothered about so many things; 
but only a few things are necessary, really 

by Sherry Barnharf- 

only one: for Mary has chosen the good part, 
which shall not be taken away from her.' " 

I hope after reading that Scripture that each 
one of you could at least guess why we are the 
"Sisterhood of Mary and Martha." 

The "Sisterhood" part of our name does mean 
loving, sharing and being "sisters" in Christ. It 
means doing things together and having fun as 
well as working together. It also means that we 
must accept others and allow them to be our 
"sisters" too. 

Mary and Martha are two sisters who were all 
the beautiful things that we want to be. That is 
one reason our organization is named as it is. 
But there is another reason also. Mary's name to 
us stands for worship. Mary truly did love, honor 
and worship Jesus, our Savior. Martha's name 
means the element of work. She also loved and 
honored our Lord but she showed this love in her 
own way — by working and serving our Lord. 

Both Mary and Martha symbolize beautiful 
meanings for our societies to strive to uphold. The 
"Sisterhood of Mary and Martha" has a great 
heritage. Let's each worship and work for our 
Savior, Jesus Christ. 


January 26, 1974 Page Nineteen 


This article is being shared since The 
Brethren! Church -was represented at this 
meeting by John D. Roivsey, Secretary to 
Evangelism and Home Missions Association. 
He has had this 'position the last two years. 
The Brethren Church is starting its Spa^iish 
work in the United States at Tucson with 
the Curtises. We pray for this kind of success 
ivith our own mission tvork. 

CHICAGO, 111.— There has been a dramatic 
growth of evangelical churches within the Spanish- 
speaking population of the U.S., according to re- 
ports of home missions leaders here this month. 
Some 26 denominational home missions executives 
met at a special workshop session of the Evan- 
gelism and Home Missions Association (EHMA), 
an affiliate of the National Association of Evan- 
gelicals (NAE). 

Dr. Keith Bailey, newly elected home missions 
secretary of the Christian and Missionary Alliance, 
said, "We can hardly keep up with what's happen- 
ing. In some of these situations all the rules are 
broken, but churches are being started and all of 
them seem to be growing." 

"We have seen over 41 Spanish-speaking church- 

es begun in the last three years," said Dr. Wade 
Horton, first assistant general overseer of the 
Church of God, Cleveland, Tennessee. "Give them 
a little direction and help, and they're on their 

These remarks were typical in their description 
of current Spanish-speaking work represented at 
the session, according to Rev. Gordon H. Ander- 
son, EHMA president and executive secretary of 
home missions of the Baptist General Conference, 
Evanston, 111. He indicated that the group saw 
this as an opportune time to reach Spanish-speak- 
ing people within the nation. 

Anderson described the two-day EHMA meeting 
as "rethinking of our denominational strategy for 
cooperative action to accelerate missions in North 
America." He further asserted that "the big prior- 
ity for most of our denominations is church ex- 
tension, the starting of new churches." 

A feature of the Chicago consultation was a pre- 
view showing of the film, "How To Grow a 
Church," produced by Dr. Win Am of Arcadia, 

Dr. Billy A. Melvin, NAE executive director, 
commended EHMA for their sharpened focus on 
the North American mission of evangelical church- 
es and their advance planning for sessions at the 
32nd annual NAE convention, scheduled for 
Boston, April 23-25, 1974. 


It was late at night when I slipped away, 
Off to eternity, no time to pray. 
I knocked at the gates of God's great abode. 
Asking admittance, not knowing the code. 
The angel who guarded those pearly 

white gates 
Looked at me strangely when I asked 

the rates. 
"Ah, friend," — said he, "you have made 

a mistake; 
The price has been paid. It was yours 
to take." 
"The price!" I insisted. "What will it be?" 
"Christ paid it," he said, "When He died for thee!" 
I asked, I demanded to see the great King 
Of whom down on earth I had heard choirs sing — 
When finally He came, the One I had sought, 
He looked at me sadly, "I know thee not!" 
Stunned, I turned away from the place 
From which I left in shame and disgrace. 
Trembling with fear, I awoke from the dream, 
Still in my memory my anguished scream; 
When God turned His back on me at the throne. 
Leaving me helpless, facing hell alone. 
I fell to my knees, not too proud to pray, 
Wondering, what if I had died yesterday? 

from The Gratis Lamplighter 
by Marjorie Aldom 

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This article is based ujjon an address pre- 
sented at Rutger's University as guest 
speaker for the Alumni Association June 
2, 1973. 

William Porte is the son of Elder John 
W. Porte and Clara Fowler Porte. He grad- 
uated from Rutger's University ivith high 
honors and was inducted into the Alpha 
Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. After a year 
of graduate study he taught Science in the 
Somerville New Jersey High School. 

He then received an a.ppointment to serve 
as Jr. Pathologist with the U.S. Department 
of Agriculture. Serving UO years in this de- 
partment he retired holding the position of 
Sr. Pathologist. 

Since retiring from the Department of 
Agriculture, Mr. Porte has been active teach- 
ing science in the high schools of Montgom- 
ery County afid as a Fellow cmd Life member 
of the American Association for the advance- 
merit of Science. He also holds membership 
in the American Pathological Society. 

by William S. Porte 

"They that wait upon the Lord shall renew 
their strength; they shall mount up on wings as 
eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they 
shall walk and not faint." 

The Israelites have done more to introduce us 
finite beings to the Creator of the Universe than 
any other people. They were a pastoral nation 
situated in an ideal part of the world, and their 
chief occupation as shepherds was conducive to 
much contemplation. The shepherds had plenty 
of time to study the beauty and wonders of nature 
about them. 

The Psalmist David, who was a shepherd, ex- 
claimed in his 19th Psalm, "The heavens declare 
the glory of God, and the firmament showeth His 
handiwork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and 
night unto night sheweth knowledge. There -is 
no speech nor language where their voice is not 
heard. Their line has gone out through all the 
earth, and their words to the end of the world." 

The prophet Isaiah, who lived seven centuries 
before Christ, was able to predict and evaluate 
many centuries in advance regarding future 

events. How was he able to predict future events? 
Was he a super man? No, he was just an ordinary 
man who had waited upon the Lord, his Creator. 

Another scripture says, "In all thy ways 
acknowledge Him, and He will direct thy path." 
The unchanging Creator ordained all laws and He 
has enabled man through the ages to learn to 
use these physical laws for our good. 

I remember ex-President Austin Scott of 
Rutgers University asking the head of the 
Electrical Department: "What is electricity?" The 
head of the department finally said he didn't 
know. Yet, we all use electricity and recognize it 
as a form of energy. We recognize that the 
Creator uses electrical energy and magnetism to 
keep the stars and planets in their orbits. 

The prophets of the Old Testament were just 
ordinary, intelligent men who meditated much 
on the things of the Spirit and prayed without 
ceasing to Jehovah, their God. Even the great 
pioneer leader of Israel, Moses, had to go apart 
by himself to communicate with the Creator of 
the Universe. 

January 26, 1974 

Page Twenty-one 

When Nebuchadnezzar beseiged Jerusalem, he 
requested his officers to select young men of 
noble birth and take them to Babylon. He gave 
orders for the young men to be given the same 
meat and drink as the King of Babylon himself. 
The prophet Daniel was among those captured 
and taken to the capital. However, Daniel pur- 
posed in his heart that he would not defile him- 
self with the King's meat and wine. 

When the King was troubled with dreams he 
could not interpret, he called for Daniel to inter- 
pret for him. Daniel told him that eventually he 
would lose his Empire and that he would go out 
and be wet with the dew of heaven and would eat 
grass like an ox. This came to pass as Daniel had 
predicted. Eventually, Nebuchadnezzer, after his 
diet of grass, regained his right mind and began 
worshipping Daniel's Creator, God. 

The prophets of this day are dedicated men 
and women who have a daily prayer life which 
keeps them in touch with God. Jean Dixon goes 
to her church daily to be alone in communication 
with her Creator. She predicted in 1968 that 
President Nixon would be involved in a scandal 
during his administration, but that he would 
weather the storm and come out stronger than 
ever. Dr. Billy Graham, who has ministered to 
millions with outstanding success, gives all the 
credit to God. Kathryn Kuhlman and Oral Rob- 
erts, who have had outstanding success in healing 
the physical needs of the ill and crippled, give all 
credit to the God of the Universe. Dr. Bill Bright, 
founder of Campus Crusade, gives all credit to the 
working of the Holy Spirit of CJod. 

The greatest manifestation of the Holy Spirit 
was at Pentecost. I think of it as celestial elec- 
tricity. The Bible speaks of "Tongues of Fire" 
above every individual head present. All of us are 
capable of receiving this same power if we really, 
earnestly seek it in faith believing that we will 
receive it. 

His Holiness, Pope John the 23rd, is a good 
example of a prophet of God who radiated the 
love of God to all mankind. He no doubt inspired 
one of his priests to write the book, "Why I Love 

Martin Luther," that shows substantial unity 
among Christian people. 

Most of us, I fear, do not realize our power to 
communicate with the Creator. No one can do 
this for us. Each must learn to do this for him- 
self. We must each diligently seek after God by 
inviting His messenger, the Holy Spirit to take 
possession of our life. 

My maternal grandmother, Catherine Hartshorn 
Fowler, sang a lullaby to me when a small child. 
The words were: "All nature shows in various 
ways the great Creator's praise. The birds all 
sing while on the wing, in soft and pleasing ways. 
The trees look gay and seem to say there is a 
God above. The bleating flock with happy look 
say we are ruled by love. And if the herds and 
trees and birds all join to sing God's praise, it 
must not be that such as we, refuse to do the 

Longfellow's "Psalm of Life" seems appropriate 
for this occasion. "Tell me not in mournful num- 
bers, life is but an empty dream; for the soul is 
dead that slumbers and things are not what they 
seem. Life is real, life is earnest and the grave is 
not its goal. Dust thou art to dust returneth was 
not spoken of the soul. Not enjoyment and not 
sorrow are our destined end or way; but to act 
that each tomorrow find us further than today. 
In the world's broad field of battle, in the bivouac 
of life, be not like dumb driven cattle, be a hero 
in the strife. Trust no future how'ere pleasant, let 
the dead past bury the dead. Act, act in the living 
present, heart within and God o'er head. 

Lives of great men all remind us, we can make 
our lives sublime and departing, leave behind us 
foot prints on the sands of time, foot prints that 
perhaps another sailing o'er life's solemn main, 
a forlorn and ship-wrecked brother, seeing may 
take heart again. Then let us be up and doing with 
a heart for any fate still striving, still pursuing, 
learn to labor and to wait. 

They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their 
strength. They shall mount up on wings as eagles; 
they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk 
and not faint." 


WASHINGTON, D.C. (EP)— A resolution calhng 
for observance of a "national day of humiliation, 
fasting and prayer" on April 30 has been adopted 
by the U.S. Senate. 

Introduced by Sen. Mark O. Hatfield (R-Ore.), 
the resolution was adopted by voice vote and with 
no debate or opposition. 

The lawmakers indicated that because of the 
nation's failings, it "behooves us to humble our- 
selves before Almighty God, to confess our nation- 
al sins and to pray for clemency and forgiveness." 

The Hatfield proposal was modeled after a proc- 
lamation issued by Abraham Lincoln fixing April 
30, 1863 — when the Union cause in the Civil War 
had reached a low point — as a day for reflection. 

"We witness a country torn apart with division 
and lacking the spiritual foundation which would 
restore its vision and purpose." Hatfield said in 
a Senate speech. "We, as a people, through our 
own acquiescence to corruption and waste, have 
helped to create a moral abyss that produces a 
disdain for honesty and humility in high levels of 
national leadership." 

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Rodger H. Geaslen 



There is a great deal of day-dreaming in the 
makeup of most of us, some of it not good. There 
is some day-dreaming from which we ought to 
be awalsened. I am thinliing now of the type which 
we many brand as a "green pasture" illusion — 
that the grass is always greener on the other side 
of the fence. The psychologist William Marston 
one time asked 2,999 people, "What are you living 
for?" He was startled to find in the tone of their 
answers that there was an unbelievable number 
who were simply enduring the present while they 
waited for a better future. Acts and entertainers 
doing bit parts were waiting for the "big chance." 
People in business were thinking of their present 
job as an unnecessary and undeserved interlude, a 
mere marking of time until fate opened a door 
to something better. 

One middle-aged mother said, "I only hope that 
my nerves can stand the ordeal until my husband 
retires and the children get homes of their own. 
I'm living for that blessed day when I can get 
a little rest." 

Tolstoy jjerhaps had a better phrase for this 
pattern of life and thought. He called it the "snare 
of preparation," the fallacy of habitually thinking 
of today as a mere preparation for tomorrow, 
thinking of the present situation as a sort of drab 
waiting room in a bus station where we must 
sit and wait until the bus comes and takes us to 
a better place. Even the bus trip is a marking of 
time, something we have to endure until we arrive. 
When we do arrive there is always a greener 

pasture further on. Life for many becomes a series 
of waiting rooms. 

I like the imaginative thought of the writer 
who was walking very rapidly down a country 
road one day, his mind full of an.xious thoughts, 
when he seemed to hear a slow, drawling voice 
come up from the road itself, asking "Why don't 
you saunter along? Maybe you think there is 
nothing worthwhile on the road but the end of it? 
Believe me, there is something more. If you do 
not find love, joy, and goodness on the road, they 
wall not be waiting for you at the end." 

We stand looking out into life, into our family 
situations, our work, the community of which 
we are a part. There are whole companies of 
thoughts that can make our faces drawn, our 
spirits heavy. But perhaps we ought to catch that 
something of which Jacob suddenly became aware 
a long time ago when he said, "Surely the Lord 
is in this place; and I did not know it." 

"Surely the Lord is in this Place. . . ." How often 
we treat the present as though the Lord and His 
goodness lay only in the future and elsewhere. 
Yet, scores of people over the years have indicated 
that it has been in the hard hours of life that 
they have begun to learn how to live. 

For the child of God the end of the road will 
mean eternal life. But there is a sense in which 
that life eternal begins at the moment of faith. 
Because this is true, life is worth living now for 
"surely the Lord is in this place." 

llJanuary 26, 1974 

Page Twenty-three 


While the scent of pine is still lingering from 
the Christmas holiday season there is still time 
to take out a moment or two and reflect a bit 
about the events of recent days. 

With this in mind, we would like to share with 
our readers a letter that was sent to our desk 
from the College Corner Brethren Church in 
Wabash, Indiana. This letter was written by Becky 
Null, who with her husband Don are with many 
others, quite active in the College Comer church. 

Well God, here it is almost Christmas 

I think I've rememhered everyone on our 
Christmas list. You know, it gets more diffi- 
cult each year! I can think of so many things 
I'd like to give everyone, hut we can't afford 
them; so we'll just do with what we have. 
I'm reminded of Philippians 4-: 11 when Paul 
was writing to the Christians at Philippi 
when he said: "Not that I speak in respect 
of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever 
state I am, therewith to he content." . . . I 
know they'll understand. 

It seems ironic God. It's your Son's hirth- 
day and He is often the last one rememhered. 
Forgive us. I guess this Christmas is the 
first Christmas I've really given more 
thought to your Son. Thanks for helping me 
over that hump! But you know better than 
I how much farther WE have to go. I kno2v 
you'll he there when I goof something up — 
OS I'm accustomed to doing more times than 
I care to admit. Thanks to Your unselfish 
Son, I've come to hang onto that promise with 
my life. 

With the new year near at hand and so 
many things wrong in this oV world, the 
future sure doesn't look very bright. But 
then I've never been one to get too worried 
about things. Only this year I've not worried 
for a different reason. I knew You'd he there 
to take care of every genuine need we had 
— if only we had faith, (You knoiv — the kind 
of faith we have ivhen tve flick the light 
switch and know there is going to be light, 
or even the faith tve have tuhen tve get into 

that rattle-trap of an automobile with the 
expectation that tve'll get ivhere we're going 
safely. That kind of thinking seems to he 
so easy to accept — hut why is it that accept- 
ing The Lord Jesus Christ and the Promise 
of Eternal Life is so hard? 

It has taken me so long to think of Christ- 
mas and Your Son's birthday in the same 
thought. For me they've often been separate 
events. Your Son's birthday was December 
25th! Christmas ivas a day of overwork, 
broken toys, noisy kids, heaps of torn wrap- 
pings, too much to eat, nervous tension, re- 
covering from a strained budget, returning 
gifts and all other self -centered descriptions. 
Boy! did it take a long time. How sorry I 
am and how sad you must have been. For- 
give me. 

God, I'm glad you took the time to look 
over my shoulder while I ivas writing this 
letter. This Season must be an extra busy 
one for You listening to all those prayers 
for a peaceful and prosperous world. But 
help us imderstcmd that it WILL be when 
You tvant it to be. If tve can understand this 
then tve can wait — and be more content 

May Your Son's birthday he the most joy- 
ful ever accepting more Souls to Your throne 
in Your behalf. And may Your blessings he 
abundant and Your Peace, Love, Joy and 
Hope Divine touch the hearts of men the 
ivorld over here at Christmastime. 

In Atve and 

Love for Your Son 


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Balsar J. Rohrer (B.J.) 77, of Shipshewana, 
Indiana went to be with his Lord on December 
21, 1973. He is survived by one son Berlin of 
Goshen. B.J. was very active in Indiana District 
of Laymen. He was a member of nrst Brethren 
Church of Goshen, Indiana before transferring his 
membership to Elkhart First Brethren Church. 
Services were held at First Brethren Church, Elli- 
hart with interment at Violet Cemetery, Goshen 
with Pastor Dale RuLon officiating. 


Truman Ball, 88 Elkhart, Indiana went to be 
with his Lord on December 29, 1973. He is sur- 
vived by his wife Lydia and two sons. He was a 
member of the First Brethren Church of Elkhart. 
Services were held at White Funeral Home with 
interment at Rice Cemetery. Rev. Clarence Sinks 
of City Church of the Brethren officiated in the 
absence of Pastor Dale Rulon. 


Mrs. Irene Jaris (Smith) passed away at Ball 
Hospital, Muncie, Indiana on December 9th. She 
was a member of the First Brethren Church in 
Muncie. She is survived by her husband Matthew, 
and three brothers. Funeral service was held at 
Meeks Mortuary at 10:00 A.M. December 12th with 
Rev. St. Clair Benshoff officiating. Interment was 
in Beech Grove Cemetery, Muncie. 


Samuel (Glenn) Worst, 86, formerly of Sloan 
Avenue, died Sunday evening at Wooster Com- 
munity Hospital. He was a member of Garber 
Brethren Church. 

Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. Leroy 
Imhoff of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Mrs. Elvrp 
Bally of Ashland, and Mrs. Tim Hamilton of 
Wooster; one sister Mrs. John Frank of Wooster; 
12 grandchildren, and 18 great-grandchildren. 

Funeral service held at Mclntire Funeral Home 
in Wooster with Dr. L. E. Lindower and Rev. Keith 
Snyder officiating. Burial in Fairhaven Cemetery. 

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Plaugher observed their 
58th Wedding Anniversary on December 19th. 

* * * 

Mr. and Mrs. Clairence Swihart observed their 
64th Wedding Anniversary on December 18th. 
Sarasota, Florida 

* * * 

Mr. and Mrs. Ben Schrock celebrated their 

58th Wedding Anniversary on New Year's Day. 

Goshen, Indiana 


Hagerstown, Maryland — 

7 by baptism 
Pittsburg, Pennsylvania — 

3 by baptism 


Fifty Years Ago: The Fellowship Class of the 
First Brethren Church in Waterloo, Iowa pledged 
themselves to raise the first one hundred dollars 
toward a new Ford truck for Miss Estella Myers 
as she returns to Africa in the fall. 

Twenty-five Years Ago: Approximately Six Hun- 
dred Students were registered at Ashland College. 

Ten Years Ago: M. Virgil Ingraham makes first 
official visit to Nigeria as General Secretary of 
the Missionary Board of The Brethren Church. 

January 26, 1974 

Page Twenty-seven 



First- Brethren Church 

Sunday, the sixteenth of December, was a day 
long to be remembered for the Hagerstown, Mary- 
land First Brethren Congregation. 

The day-long events celebrated the 250th Anni- 
versary of the first Brethren Church service held 
in America on Christmas day in the year 1723. 
The honored guest and sjiecial speaker of the day 
was Dr. Jerry Flora of the Ashland College 

The day began with the assembling in the sanc- 
tuary of the adult class members of the church 
school. The Berean class taught by Mrs. Freeda 
Johns, had the opening exercises which included 
special music by Mrs. Patsy Johns and daughter 
Linda. Following the opening, Dr. Flora spoke on 
"What gives us the right to be Brethren?" A brief 
history of the beginning of the Brethren denomina- 
tion and continuing on to the present was given 
and Dr. Flora concluded by saying that "Brethren 
must learn how to live together as brother and 
sister without destroying the body of Christ. 

The morning worship service included the sing- 
ing of two old hymns that had been used during 
the days of our early Brethren, "Count Well The 
Cost"; and the Brethren's departing song sung 
before their departure from Germany for America 
in 1719, "Let Us Journey On." 

Dr. Flora then delivered an inspiring message 
entitled "Why a church called Brethren?", and 
left us with this challenging question — "Is there 
a need for the Brethren Church to exist?" 

Immediately following the morning service, the 
assemblage gathered round the baptistry in the 
Fellowship Hall for the baptism of seven persons 
who had previously expressed their desire to give 
their lives to Christ and enter into the member- 
ship of the church. 

At the conclusion of the baptismal service, a 
delicious meal was served to all present. Arrange- 
ments for this meal and the serving was under 
the supervision of the Y.O.U. Class taught by Mrs. 
Lurine Mills. 

Left to right: Mrs. Willis Kinch, Mrs. John 
Mills, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Mellott, Mr. and 
Mrs. Donald Smith. Mrs. Ruth Stoddard, 
Mrs. Kenneth Stottlemyer. 

Several members of the congregation entered 
into the spirit of the occasion by dressing in 
clothes reminiscent of earlier days. 

At the conclusion of our bountiful meal, we 
once again assembled in the sanctuary. The ser- 
vice of "Laying on of hands," and reception into 
church membership, was held for the seven per- 
sons baptized after the morning service by our 
Pastor, Rev. John Mills, 

The service of Holy Communion was then con- 
ducted by Dr. Flora and brought to an end a most 
rewarding day of Christian fellowship for every- 
one. Many were heard to say that the time had 
passed so swiftly and they pray Dr. Flora will 
come back again soon. 

Page Twenty-eight The Brethren Evangelist 


Oakville, Indiana 

The Annual Thanksgiving Eve Service at the 
First Brethren Church of Oakville had a birthday 
flavor to it this year. Seated in the front row wa3 
Mr. Christopher Columbus Cory who was 100 
years old on November 20, 1973. His health, gen- 
erally good, has kept him close to his home for 
the past several years. Through the efforts of 
many of the members, Chris and his wife, Ruth, 
were able to join us that night. It was the first 
time Chris had seen the building since its remodel- 
ing two years ago. 

Chris remains as active as he can. He tends to 
many small chores around his home and still 
oversees the management and production of his 
farmland. Much to his wife's dismay, he some- 
times takes off in the car to tend to a chore that 
needs doing. It is hard for a man who was active 
in the life of his local community and church to 
slow down. It is hard for his church to accept the 
fact that a fine member is with us only in spirit 
when we gather for worship. We were glad to 
have a part in the celebration of C. C. Cory's 
100th birthday. May he have gained at least half 
as much from us as his fine spirit and positive 
outlook gave us when together we all gave Thanks 
to the Lord. 



Denver, Indiana Brethren Church is Praising 
the Lord for revival 1 

Prior to the week of services (Nov. 25 - Dec. 2), 
much prayer and fasting were offered that the 
Lord would bless us with community outreach as 
well as great revival. As is His will. He blessed 
us tremendously. 

Each evening we worshipped with a beautiful 
evangelistic song service led by Mr. Dick Lewis, 
of the Tiosa Brethren Church. The musical talent 
of Denver blessed us nightly in specials, and one 
evening the "Good News Trio" from the Burling- 
ton Brethren Church sang for us. Many pastors 
of the Indiana District were able to attend the 
services and the Lord continued each evening to 
build the attendance. Our attendance averaged 69 
each night and we met our goal of 100 in attend- 
ance the last evening of meetings. 

And thank God for the ten who made first time 
decisions in their homes and at the altar, as well 
as the twenty-two who rededicated their lives. Let 
us remember these new converts in prayer 
throughout the Brotherhood. 

Truly we Praise the Lord! 

Evangelist Bill Ross 
P.O. Box 4141 
Sarasota, Fla. 33578 
P.S. Do not hesitate to write because of financial 
difficulties. In Faith, Take Action 

January 26, 1974 

Page Twenty-nine 



Just suppose the Lord should begin 

Tomorrow to make people as sick 
As they say they are on the Lord's day! 

Would they begin to get well quick? 
Just suppose the Lord would take away 

The child whom the parents use 
As an excuse for staying away from church! 

Would they then throw away this excuse? 
Just suppose the Lord would make some people 

As poor as they say they are 
When asked to help finance His work! 

Would they come from near and far? 
Just suppose the Lord would have everyone 

Stoned for covetousness today 
As He did with Achan long ago! 
Would they all begin to mend their way? 
Just suppose the Lord would strike dead 

All who lie about giving their tithe 
As He did with Ananias and Sapphira! 

Would they consider changing their lives? 
Just suppose the Lord would allow 

Some parents to look ahead 
And see the example they've given their children! 

Would these children have been better led? 
Ruth DeLozier 


Is it nothing to you that the day of the Lord 
Is trampled beneath the feet? 

That the Sabbath of rest 

With its holy zest, 
Is only for pleasure meet? 

Is it nothing to you that the House of the Lord 
Is forsaken by young and old? 

That they wander away 

Like sheep gone astray 
From the Shepherd of the fold? 
Is it nothing to you that the Word of the Lord 
Is neglected and laid aside? 

That its precepts old 

And its truths of gold 
Are yielded for foolish pride? 
Is it nothing to you that life should lose 
Those treasures of bygone years 

That have made us strong 

To resist the wrong 
And saved us from bitter tears? 
Is it nothing to you that in their stead 
We have sorrow and sin and shame, 

With dross for gold 

And loss untold 
And tares for the golden grain? 

And what have you gained? Will you stop to think? 
And think — till you think it through? 

Is it worth the price 

Or the sacrifice? 
Is it nothing at all to you? 

J. Ferguson 

Wayne Heights Highlights 


COVINA, Calif. (EP)— A financial 
crisis has led to the closing of 30- 
year-old California Baptist Seminary 
here, a move decided by the Ameri- 
can Baptist Seminary of the West, 
Inc., in a 31-2 vote Nov. 3. 

The institution of the American 
Baptist Church will conduct classes 
throughout the year for its 155 stu- 
dents (125 full-time), joining the 
century-old Berkeley Baptist Divin- 
ity School next year. 

The new, combined school will 
include the confessional require- 
ments of the Covina seminary, as 
well as Covina's "rather advanced 
curriculum style," according to Vice 
President Donald Thomas, Professor 
of Pastoral Theology. 

The Melodyland Christian Center 
in nearby Anaheim had been expect- 
ed to purchase the 54-acre Covina 
campus, but at the last moment 
backed out. Supporters of Melody- 
land Center are currently leasing 
facilities on campus, however, for 
charismatic - type meetings each 

"The new school may eventually 
build new facilities near the Grad- 
uate Theological Union in Berkeley," 
Dr. Thomas stated. He said the 
Union is sponsored by nine semin- 
aries of different denominations and 
offers increased library facilities and 
research assistance for Baptist 

Just how many of Covina's faculty 
of 10 and Berkeley's four professors 
wall be moving to the new school, 
and how many students at Covina 
will transfer still is not known. The 
new school, whose board is the 
American Baptist Seminary of the 
West, Inc., will be called simply the 
American Baptist Seminary. Other 
schools sponsored by the denomina- 
tion are Andover-Newton, Northern, 
Central, Colgate-Rochester, Eastern, 
Divinity House at the University of 
Chicago, and a black institution in 
the South. 

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The Brethren Evangelist 


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I told her she didn't look any older than her 

Trainee: "No, I was looking at the expression 
on her daughter's face." 

It'll never happen — The Internal Revenue Ser- 
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Forms because of the paper shortage. 

Lady to landscape expert: "What would you 
suggest to plant in a spot that doesn't get much 
moisture due to overhanging eaves, gets too much 
sun in the afternoon, consists of clay soil and sits 
on a rocky ledge?" 

Expert: "Well, offhand I would suggest a flag- 

Professor to doting mother of college stu- 
dent: I agree that your son may have a spark 
of genius. However, it is my opinion that he also 
has ignition trouble." 

"I DON'T see why you're so mad at your ex- 
fiancee," said the friend. "After all, she returned 
your ring." 

"That's right," replied the other. "But she didn't 
have to mail it back marked, 'Glass, handle with 
care.' " 

"If our car gets much older," complained the 
motorist, "they'll start issuing it upper and lower 

Teenager to clothing salesman: 
like this, can I return it?" 

"If my parents 

MAN on a crowded bus: "Madam, would you 
like me to get you a strap to hang onto?" 

"No, thank you, I have one." 

"Then, would you mind letting go of my 

One girl to another: "Well, it's true we are 
having a little disagreement. I want a big church 
wedding and he wants to break the engagement." 

A mother repeatedly asked her small daughter 
to sit down. Finally, the mother held the little girl 
by her shoulders and forced her to sit. 

Looking at her mother, the little girl announced 
firmly: "I'm still standing up inside." 

"DON'T YOU and your wife ever have a differ- 
ence of opinion?" 

"Sure we do — but I don't tell her." 

Number one son also came up with a question 
the other day, the one that starts, "Hey, dad, where 
did I come from?" So after a half hour of mental 
anguish and verbal exercise, I covered most of the 
birds and bees bit. Feeling rather self-satisfied, 
I asked if he had any more questions — "Yeah," he 
said, "My friend Dave came from Portland, Maine, 
so I was wondering where I came from. . . ." 
from Louisville Newsletter 


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25% of the salesmen made two calls and quit. 

15% of the salesmen made three calls and quit. 
So, 88% of them made 1, 2, or 3 calls and quit. 
Which means that the remaining 12% of the 
salesmen who kept on calling do 80% of the 

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February 9, 1974 

Page Three 

3y the Way 




Recently we ran an editorial pertaining to the 
media of radio and television and the types of 
programs being produced, especially those relating 
to permissivness concerning sex, violence and 
profanity and occult. 

This time we are extremely fearful of the con- 
sequences which are and may be arising alarm- 
ingly from a film that is being exploited through- 
out the nation. 

The next few paragraphs are from a news re- 
lease from the Evangelical Press Association per- 
taining to the film, "The Exorcist" which is of 
such a controversial nature that it received quite 
a bit of time on a national networlc news broad- 
cast. As we were shown how lines almost a block 
long were waiting outside the theater entrances, 
we could almost visualize Satan standing behind 
the box-office rubbing his greedy and fiendish 
hands with glee. Read on, friend. 

CAMDEN, N.J. (EP)— A new movie shocker, 
"The Exorcist," is raising more than the usual 
repercussions of a film having a religious theme, 
and is prompting considerable discussion and 
inquiries on the demonic. 

According to the Catholic Star Herald, diocesan 
weekly here, rectories and chancery offices in 
Camden and Philadelphia are receiving calls. In 
addition, priests are "boning up" on Satan, demon- 
ology and the centuries-old Catholic practice of 

Reaction to the R-rated film by priests who have 
seen it — and by some who have not — is mixed, 
ranging from "very favorable" and "very positive 
for the Church" to "obscene" and "not fit for 

"The Exorcist," an adaption of William Blatty's 
novel which deals wdth the demonic possession 
of a 12-year-old girl, has reportedly caused a num- 
ber of Catholics to complain to their parish 
priests. Several cases of shock and mild hysteria 
were reported. And there have been a few requests 
for church-sanctioned exorcisms. 

Father Michael Rush of St. Patrick's Parish, 
Woodbury, N.J., said, "We've had calls asking 
about the rite of exorcism and three or four re- 
quests for special appointments with a priest to 
alleviate fears some people who have seen the 
movie haven't been able to shake off." 

He said a 19-year-old girl "spent the entire 
night (after seeing the movie) saying the Rosary 
with her parents and really needed some special 
assurances from a priest before she calmed down." 

The film according to the Star Herald, "is 
steeped in terrifying special effects, liberally 
sprinkled with profanity and carries a number 
of blasphemous as well as symbolic sequences." 

The news article specifically mentions what 
happened to a 19-year-old girl after viewing this 
film. The recent newscast on television graphical- 
ly presented what happened to many viewers. 
Some had fainted: some became nauseated and 
some became so overwrought that they just left 
the theater without staying to see the film to its 

This ought to tell us something. Granted, exor- 
cism is not new to society as Shakespeare even 
referred to it when he penned these words per- 
taining to evoking from the dead, "call spirits 
from the vasty deep." 

Unless this newest threat to society in the realm 
of Satanism is not thwarted by severe warnings 
as to the consequences, much of what may be 
left in a hopefully moral society may find itself 
on a "slow boat to China" with just enough fuel 
in its oil bunkers to get it half way across the 
Pacific Ocean. 

There are many books that have been written 
about this menace to humanity, some by well 
known authors such as Merrill F. Unger 
CRAFT); Hal Lindsay, author of The Late Great 
ON PLANET EARTH ) ; and Mike Wamke, a 
former high-priest of a satanic worship cult (THE 

Mr. Wamke recently spoke at the Convocation 
Center at Ashland College and to many students 
on the campus through classes and informal 
chats with individuals in addition to interviews 
over the college radio and TV station and the 
local radio station. 

His personal story of the journey from satan 
worship to a personal relationship vwth Christ 
after his conversion to Christianity is one of a 
moving experience. 

Evidence of the impact that is felt from his 
appearance here is apparent from the bits of con- 
versation one hears on what is happening on 
campus implementing the Christian Ministry that 
is being presented on the college grounds. 

As to the communities scattered around our 
nation, "Mike, if you happen to read this editorial, 
hurry and broaden your horizons. Quick!" (G.S.) 

Page Four 

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LINDA ZERBE was born in Peru, Indiana and 
graduated from Maconaquah High School last 
spring. This summer was a busy one for Linda 
as she traveled with a Brethren Summer Cru- 
sader team helping in church camps and Bible 
schools. Her favorite hobbies are sewing and 
cooking and her fine sewing talent is demon- 
strated in the cheerleaders' new uniforms. 

The thing she likes best about working here is 
being with the students. She supervises a study 
hall, helps Mrs. Barnett in the office, helps in the 
dining hall, and is advisor for the cheerleaders. 
She is very efficient and we're glad she is here. 

RICK SWARTZ was born in Lakewood, Ohio 
and comes to us from Ashland, Ohio where his 
father manages the First Federal Savings and 
Loan Association. During school Rick's main goal 
was to prepare for college but his extra curricular 
activities included Latin Club, band, and track as 
well as church league basketball. He began college 
at Ohio State University and then transferred to 
Ashland College where he majored in biology and 
worked as an assistant laboratory instructor. 
After graduation he worked for Hess and Clark, 
a research farm, doing pathological studies. 

After a time in the United States Navy which 
included a tour in Viet Nam, Rick worked at the 

Columbia University Medical Center in New York 
and while there helped with Key '73. Rick says, 
"the main reason I endeavored to join the staff at 
Riverside Christian Training School was that I 
already had tasted of full-time Christian service 
while working at the Brethren Home in Flora, 
Indiana." Welcome Rick. 

MR AND MRS. GLENN NEACE, past grad- 
uates of Riverside, are the new dorm parents for 
the girls. Mrs. Neace, Dena, has lived most of her 
life in Lost Creek and Glenn is from nearby 
Haddix. Dena is a senior clerk stenographer as a 
result of training acquired at the Hazard Voca- 
tional School and is very talented in music. Coming 
from a large family, Dena is at home around 
young people. 

Glenn is beginning his second year at Lee's 
Junior College. He is a sports enthusiast with a 
special interest and talent in basketball. Besides 
their work in Wheeler Hall they also help at the 
Haddix Church where Glenn teaches a Sunday 
School class and helps with the preaching. What 
a help they are to us all! 

Information is taken from the Riverside 
BEACON for November, 1973. 

February 9, 1974 

Page Five 


When we arrived at the campground near Call, 
Colombia for the first Church Growth/Evangelism 
workshop, the sun was shining through the moun- 
tains but the participants were hkely covered by 
a cloud of uncertainty and discouragement. When 
we left, two and a half days later, clouds covered 
the mountains and the camp but the faces of 
workshop participants and leaders shown with 
enthusiasm and challenge. 

Forty-seven pastors and church leaders, repre- 
senting twelve denominations and twenty-six 
churches had a faith projection of sixty new 
churches and over three thousand new members 
|during the next five years. If these figures are 
projected nationally for five of the denominations 
Iparticipating it could mean a growth of nine 
thousand members and three hundred sixty-nine 
new churches or an increase of one hundred forty- 
two percent during the five years. 

Even before they left the workshop, some of 
the pastors and church leaders were making plans 
as to the means of implementing this program 
for in one year they will gather again to evaluate 
and share results. Their goals are high but I be- 
lieve that deep in their hearts they hope and pray 
that during this first year they can reach the 
total of the five year projection. 

Many hours were spent in hard-working classes 
meeting from morning till evening with very few 
breaks but no one minded. All wanted to learn 
and didn't care to waste time. We felt the devo- 
tional periods, where we learned about the Bib- 
lical fundamentals for church growth were high- 
lights of the day. 

Our main resource leader, Dr. Vergil Gerber, 
was really a living Chrurch Growth manual and 

A Tesfimony of Thankfulness 

Report by Juan Carlos Miranda 

his presentations were clear and challenging. Men 
responded to the challenge and we all profited 
from it even though some had to work extra hard 
to make and interpret charts and graphs. Some of 
the other leaders were Dr. Wayne Weld, teacher 
and author of several books, who presented the 
Theological Education by Extension program as 
one of the most needed tools for church growth; 
Rev. Vemor Reimer, director of the Cali Semin- 
ary, who presented an eye opening study on the 
five classes of leadership in the church ; and Larry 
Acton, a missionary from the Cumberland Pres- 
byterian Church, whose words and work during 
those days was very inspiring which also could 
be said about our host, Mr. Ruperto Velez of 

But, how did all of this affect me, an Argen- 
tine pastor who travelled from Buenos Aires spon- 
sored by the Missionary Board of the Brethren 
Church in response to an invitation from the 
Evangelical Committee on Latin America and its 
director. Dr. Vergil Gerber. Was the investment 
worthwhile? I know now that it was and I pray 
that as we put into practice what was learned, 
others will also know that it was worthwhile. What 
an experience! 

As I listened to these leaders from Colombia 
report of their successes and failures, I could 
close my eyes and it seemed like I was back in 
Argentina. Surprising to find out that we share 
the same problems and successes. Now they are 
one step ahead of us because they have had their 
workshop and have made their faith projection 
and have discovered ways to implement their pro- 
gram. I pray that the Lord will use me and the 
others who have already shared this experience 
so that we here in Argentina might have similar 
workshops and faith projections with growth re- 
sults for our church here. 

Our Brethren churches are beginning to see 
and think Church Growth. The feeling of a few 
is shared now by many and we have stopped 
to think about it and taken steps to MAKE IT 
HAPPEN. We have God's promise — and His com- 
mandment for what we have to do and the Holy 
Spirit will be faithful to support us as we work. 
What an impact this can be in Argentina! 

My opportunity began September 12th as the 
workshop started and my responsibility to my 
co-workers and to those who have not heard the 
gospel started September 14th as the workshop 
ended. I express my gratitude to God: for allow- 
ing me to go, to the Missionary Board of the 
Brethren Church for taking care of my expenses, 
and to Dr. Vergil Gerber for inviting me and 
letting me share in this experience. They all have 
done their part . . . now it is my turn. I hope and 
pray that I will be effective. 

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A good teacher needs to be, among other things, 
a good observer. She needs to learn to listen and 
watch with all of her ears and eyes so that she 
can understand each child. We have known this 
for some time, but only recently have we really 
tried to work at it. 

We have been trying to free one teacher 
occasionally at Brethren House to observe a par- 
ticular child. Without the child's knowledge, the 
appointed observer will write everything he sees 
the child doing, how long he does that activity, and 
any known distraction or motivation that takes 
him off that course. Then at a later time the 
teachers sit down together and analyze the be- 
haviors of the child who was watched. We try 
to infer from this observation strengths, needs, 
and behavior patterns. 

To the uninitiated in teaching, this may seem 

like a grand waste of time. But it is not, if we 
really mean what we say when we talk about meet- 
ing the needs of individuals. In order to help each 
child learn and grow, we must know how he learns 
and what he is ready to learn. Specifically then, 
this is what we want to know about each one: 

1. What does he like to do? Why? 

2. What does he avoid doing? Why? 

3. How capable does he feel? 

4. What skills does he lack that keep him from 
working independently? 

5. Does he learn better by listening or seeing? 

6. What threatens him? Why? 

7. What motivates him? 

These are some of the areas that we need to 
explore with each child to enable us to teach 
effectively. Of course, in conversations with the 
chilren, we are always seeking to discover their 
knowledge of Bible truths, their capacity for com- 
passion, their values, so that we can plan experi- 
ences that will lead them to greater growth in 
these areas. It is a continuing, never-ending 
process. We all keep learning. 

After watching the children closely and noting 
our inferences, we are more adept at planning 
for each one's needs and growth. We learn what 
motivates each one. 

Lord, open our eyes, our ears, and our minds 
that we may become more sensitive observers of 
the children and adults around us so that we can 
lead them to Thee. 

— Jean 


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In approaching the last quarter of the Twentieth 
Century strength and confidence in the develop- 
ment and capability of man are more evident than 
at any other time in history. "The growing proof 
of man's capability seems to be the triumph of 
the moon landing. The gigantic satellite launching 
towers were hailed by many as technological 
cathedrals built to the glory of modern man."' 
One might think this to be the apex of technology, 
yet close on the heals of this triumph are still 
countless additional projections. All of this put 
together asserts the premise, "A man can do all 
things if he will."' 

Ironically, the same century which has witnessed 
the magnificants of man's capabilities, has also 
suffered most from his cruelty. Somehow the man 
worshipping splendor of the moon landing be- 
comes insignificant in the memory of the riots of 
the late sixties. The awfulness of the Indo-China 
War raises questions on man's wisdom and judg- 
ment. The stillness in the air following Kent State 
and the University of Wisconsin incidents seem 
to be void of all hope. The recent disclosures of 
corruption in American government leave people 
disillusioned. In parallel the cities which stand 
as towering monuments to man's "all-ability" with 
factories, office buildings, universities, computer 
centers, and banks are at the same time ecologic- 
ally, morally, and existentially unsafe for habita- 

The crisis of the day which springs from the 
complexity and confusion of the Twentieth Cen- 
tury Culture is no secret. There is no further need 
to document the major problems of our culture 
because they are experienced and recognized by 
us all. Likewise, there seems to be little need of 
critical commentary on modern culture. Critics 
are all around us and their opinions are readily 
available. What is needed is a solution! There is 
to this day no sign that society has or can solve 
its own problems. 

Os Guinness in The Dust of Death, establishes 
the basis of this paradox to be the "erosion" of 
Christianity and a Christian basis of thinking 
from western culture. In its place optimistic 
humanism and scientific explanation became the 
foundation stones of the modern world. The 
Twentieth Century, however has fallen short of 
meeting the expectations of these optimistic 
thinkers. While humanism openly and deliberately 
attacked Christianity, it failed to provide sufficient 
alternatives to a post-christian world. The removal 
or denial of the Spirit and the spiritual, and the 
acceptance of a mechanistic world view has left 
man himself as a machine without identity, pur- 
pose, and void of relationships to his fellowman, 
the world around him, and with God. 

Thus we have the word "alientation" which has 
become a hallmark to describe modern society. 
This is the cancer which increases daily and eats 
away at the lives of people and our society. Here 
is where the real failure of the technological so- 
ciety is evident. Alvin Toffler's Future Shock, one 
of the most technologically optimistic writings of 
our day says, "Unless man quickly learns to con- 

by Jack Oxenrider 

trol the rate of change in his personal affairs as 
well as in society at large, we are doomed to a 
massive adaptational breakdown."' Here even the 
optimist admits that something is wrong, yet a 
solution is not forthcoming. 

Francis Schaeffer points out that regardless of 
what man says about himself and the world 
around him, "man is what he is, he isn't what he 
isn't." Every man must live in the real world be- 
cause he has been made by God to live in that 
world. Man has been created in the image of God 
for the purpose of having fellowship with Him. 
Man is a creature just as nature and his fellow- 
man and therefore has an inseparable relationship 
with them. Yet, man is man, and while he is in a 
sense one with nature, he is also above nature in 
the image of God which gives him a unique qual- 
ity of manishness. When these truths of relation- 
ship to the real world are distorted or denied the 
result is a strain upon man. This is the strain of 
alienation which is now tearing the modem world. 

Like the world, the Church today and through- 
out history has not been void of its difficulties. 
There is the problem of the infectious "old nature" 
in the lives of the regenerate. While a man is "re- 
bom" by the Spirit of God, he remains in the 
former shell with all of the training and inclina- 
tions toward the unreligious life. This becomes 
an even more serious problem today because the 
people of God must live in the context of aliena- 
tion. As a result the church finds these same 
problems present and operating within its own 
people. In many cases this infiltration of human- 
ism and its problems have become so serious that 
the church has become confused with regards to 
its shape, mission and destiny. The essence of the 
Christian message has been so distorted that it 
is no longer an alternative to man! 

The Christian message offers the only alter- 
native to the contemporary crisis because it speaks 

i'ebniary 9, 1974 

o all of existence. It speaks to both the physical 
ind the spiritual realms. This message speaks to 
nan as a total man. He is not a machine. Man is 
L unique creation of God made to live in a reason- 
ible universe. "The strength of the Christian sys- 
em — the acid test of it — is that everything fits 
mder the apex of the existent infinite-personal 
Jod, and it is the only system in the world where 
his is true. No other system has an apex under 
s^hich everything fits. "5 

The Church can, therefore, speaik exact truth 
tito a confused and critical situation. Where 
cience and technology are ignorant and silent, 
he Christian can speak clearly. The solution must 
it the real world, and the Christian solution based 
ipon God's revealed truth does just that. The 
jberal church has compromised with the human- 
st and as such has become one with the culture, 
osing all basis for an alternative message. On the 
jther hand the fundamental church, while holding 
o the truth of Scripture, has failed to commun- 
cate that truth with meaning and understanding 
o our day and age. Having truth is not enough! 
Truth must be communicated, and communica- 
ion involves more than words. Plain words are 
lot enough! They are necessary and the Christian 
nust never stop speaking truth into the culture, 
ij put words are not enough. The Christian must 
I Communicate in terms of truth, e.xperience, and 

i:|-elationships. He must speak the truth and then 
jie must demonstrate by reason, e.xperience, and 
relationships the truthfulness of his words. 

Upon the preceding foundation let us now con- 
sider the retreat. In today's culture. Christian re- 
reats can plant and cultivate the biblical solution 
n the lives of individuals. The context of retreat 
»n be a significant factor in bringing a person 
nto a first confession of faith and experience with 
[Christ. It can also be an agent of renewal in the 
learts and lives of believers which results in 

reater discipleship. 

"Critics of our culture warn us of the perils of 
)ur society that arise from this situation of the 
onely individual surrounded by impersonal masses 
it human beings. If our society is to be restored 
X) health, and to humane Uving, ways must be 
:ound to re-create the first-hand personal relation- 
ships between men that they are so rapidly los- 
ng."!' The answers of the Christian faith may 
veil be ideal, but they fit the real world. While 
:echnology and science have provided affluence, 
they have fallen far short of Utopian dreams. The 

Ihristian alternative is the only viable solution! 

Page Nine 

"Under the strain of our living today we succumb 
with increasing frequency to the domination of 
this unconscious life. Unless we can find periodic 
occasions for dealing with it and for renewing 
the wholeness of our life we are doomed to die 
with it."' Such periodic occasions are the role and 
the particular offering of retreat. This is a highly 
effective means of speaking and exempUfying the 
Christian alternatives for living. 

The retreat finds its particular value in its 
divorce from the System. Retreats give each in- 
dividual an opportunity to encounter himself, the 
truth of the Christian faith, and the experience of 
vital personal relationships with God and with 
others. These are the fulfillments which go to 
the very roots of modern needs. 

Detachment is a key tu retreat. Then sense of 
being in a new setting, and apart from the normal 
routine opens the way for new considerations and 
e.xperiences. It provides opportunities apart from 
the mad rush of life and the tensions of social 
paradox allowing people a chance for meaningful 
reflection. Retreat is an opportunity to witness 
and experience the workings of the Christian 
faith. It is a time for restoration through a new 
relationship with God, other people and oneself. 

In this complex and demanding day and age it 
is essential that we retreat for rest, fellowship 
and renewal. You can never be too busy for re- 
treat. The rule of thumb — the degree to which 
one is involved in life, is the degree to which one 
needs to retreat. Retreats, who needs them? 
We do! 


1 Os. Guinness, The Dust of Death (Downers 
Grove: Inter-Varsity Press, 1973), p. 10. 

2 Ibid., P. 5, quoting Kenneth Clark, Civili- 
zation London: John Murry L & d, 1971), p. 104. 

3 Alvin Toffler, Future Shock (New York: 
Random House, 1970), p. 4. 

-t Francis A. Schaeffer, Modern Man and 
Epistemology, Lecture given at Grove City College, 
March, 1972. 

' Francis A. Schaeffer, He Is There and He 
Is Not SUent (Wheaton: Tyndale House Publish- 
ers, 1972), p. 81. 

6 John L. Casteel, Spiritual Renewal 
Through Personal Groups (New York: Association 
Press, 1957), p. 24. 

7 John L. Casteel, Renewal in Retreat (New 
York: Association Press, 1959), p. 21. 

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The impetus for the work of The Benevolent 
Board comes from the heart of the teach- 
ing of Christ as exemplified in the parable 
of the Good Samaritan — helping those who are 
in need. We are quick to confess our concern for 
others and our intent to help, but we are slow 
to act. 

We are the richest nation in the world, and the 
2 garage, 2 car, 3 TV set family is considered 
only an average family. Most wage earners' tax 
deductions are greater than their salaries were 
for the same jobs thirty years ago. But in spite 
of all this abundance and these blessings of ma- 
terial possessions, we have let our older genera- 
tion truly become the forgotten generation. We 
soon forget their many contributions made to the 
spiritual, economic, cultural, and social advance- 
ment of our great nation. 

Men and women who were giants in all walks 
of life in their day are often put out of sight and 
out of mind! They stop living although they are 
still alive. This is very wrong because these people 
have so much to live for and so much to give. 

Age has vei-y little to do with our outreach if 
we put aside a few customs of our society which 
make a man a giant at 64+ and a 'has been' the 
day he reaches sixty-five. Yet history proves that 
many of the world's greatest leaders were unheard 
of until they had passed their 65th birthday. 

The time has come when persons of all ages — 
children, youth, middle aged, and older citizens — 
must unite in standing up for the rights of the 

These rights include dignity and independence 
in pleasant surroundings and the opportunity to 
continue to be active and useful. 

All types of faciUties have sprung up which 
cater to the needs of the elderly in recent years. 
Unfortunately, not all such places have proved 
beneficial for our senior citizens. We would like 
to share with you why we believe church retire- 
ment facilities offer excellent possibilities for the 
elderly in their years of retirement. 


Putting concern into action, we provide not 
just "maintenance" care but considerate care. 
Christ serves as our example that the elderly 
should not only exist but UVE. No longer should 
they mark out lonely and empty days — they can 
serve as abilities permit and be served as needed. 
Church retirement facilities provide that "extra" 
to make the golden years even better . . . and that 
"extra" is that someone cares! 


The plight of the elderly in profit-making cen- 
ters has all too often been a story of sky-rocketing 

charges that have forced them to abandon much I 
needed care. Not all facilities of this type have 
considered excessive profit over the needs of 
senior citizens but the risk is high. Non-profit' 
agencies are by their very nature excluded from 
profit taking at the expense of their residents. 
This is not to say that charges do not rise from^ 
time to time in church retirement facilities be- 
cause today's cost of operations necessitate addi-: 
tional charges. However, we make every attempt 
to hold charges to a minimum. This is possibk 
because of gifts from churches to subsidize retire 
ment centers and even provide benevolent can 
for those who have little or no funds. 


A big "plus" of church retirement facilities i! t 
the consideration for spiritual needs. These an 
implemented in worship services, Bible studies 
individual scripture readings or recordings pro 
vided for the person with poor vision, transporta n 
tion to church services and functions outside th( ( 
center, and others. ^ 

Another area where special needs are met at 
Brethren Care and The Brethren's Home are items 
of personal needs that are donated by churches 
and individulas so residents may have them free 
of charge. Such things are provided as j)ersonal ; 
cleanliness articles, hairnets, shoestrings, lapi 
robes, foot warmers, greeting cards, writing J 
supplies, stamps and on and on the list can go. 

Our centers truly provide a home and not just 
a "place to be." Activities, parties, special pro- , 
grams, ai-ticles of personal furniture, family andu 
friends welcomed for meals and visits all add uprl 
to a real home where our elderly can live com- 
fortably and pleasantly. 

Are you considering entering a retirement 
facility? Search carefully and we urge you to 
seriously consider church retirement facilities. At 
present The Brethren Church has two centers in 
Indiana and Ohio with more on the drawing 
boards. For detailed information on each of our 
centers contact: 


Gene Geaslen, Administrator ' 

Rt. 2, Box 97 ■ 

Flora, Indiana 46929 j 
Phone: 219-967-3783 

L. E. Seaman, Administrator 
2000 Center Street i 

Ashland, Ohio 44805 I 

Phone: 419-289-1585. 

February 9, 1974 

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What is the future of the non-profit retirement 
center in the next ten to twenty years? Let's 
take a looli at some of the future trends. 

The non-profit center must expel any mode of 
offering just one service and must adapt its facil- 
ity and land to multi-purpose care units, offering 
self-care on a day care basis, short-term care of 
a weelc-end to a few weeks, apartment and single 
room dwellings as well as mobile home facilities 
for the traveling aged person. All the latter ser- 
vices will lead to facilities offering different de- 
grees of nursing care within an institutional 

The non-profit center must not only be a gath- 
ering community offering quality care to the aged 
person, but must scatter its sei-vice to the aged 
person in the community. Examples are the fos- 
ter care, legal care, financial counseling, meals- 
on-wheels, and homemakers programs. 

The non-profit center must enter into an in- 
formal but effective cooperative relationship with 

government, industry, local churches and other 
non-profit centers within a given geographical 
area providing the above life giving program. The 
results of this cooperation should be efficient 
stewardship of resources and quality sei-vices. 

The non-profit center must continue to stress 
the employment of quahfied and creati\e per- 
sonnel and create a community and church- 
centered volunteer program rendering care to 
the aged person in the facility and the community. 

The non-profit center must continue to serve 
the aged person who cannot pay for services 
rendered, and must also define benevolent care 
to the financially capable person as being the 
actual cost of operation, not a penny mere of less. 

New vistas and new challenges are presenting 
themselves to the church today. Will we respond 
—Taken in part from THIS 'N THAT, Quincy 

United Methodist Home, Quincy, Pennsylvania 



The Benevolent Board appreciates the support 
of concerned Brethren for its work with the elder- 
ly. Gifts and offerings as well as investments 
enable us to carry forth our commission to serve 
the senior citizens of our land. 

There are two more ways you can participate 
in the ministry of The Benevolent Board — 
Bequests and Memorials. 

A Bequest through your will shares your treas- 
ures with those in need. Following is a suggested 
form of Bequest: 

"I hereby devise and bequest unto The 
Benevolent Board of The Brethren Church, 
an Ohio Non-Profit Corporation, with its 

principal office at Ashland, the following: If 
real estate, please describe; if money, state 
amount; if stocks, bonds, etc., designate 


Gifts to The Benevolent Board in memory of a 
loved one or friend will aid in our ministry. Fam- 
ilies of those whose memories you have honored 
will be notified of the contributions by an appro- 
priate card. Just complete the Living Memorial 
form and send it with your gift to: 


625 Center Street 

Ashland, Ohio 44805 

Given bv 




In memory of 




Family to whom notification card should be sent 





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The Brethren 




by Jim Payne 

"The Laymen's Goals are basically a means to 
an end. . . . The end is to 'lead other men to 
Christ.' " 

GOAL SEVEN. A contribution lor the national 
project. . . . Give unto the Lord and He will return 
unto you lull measure. The projects are prayed 
about and selected by dedicated men. Bill Curtis 
writes me that a good start in the Spanish lang- 
uage mission is under way. They have made 
acquaintance with an older Mexican pastor who 
has been a great help already in making contacts 
and establishing conlidence. They reler to him 
as Pastor Morales. I hope to get some pictures in 

All ol our projects: Youth Crusaders, John Guli 
language translation, the Seminary Scholarship, 
and the Spanish Language mission are all directed 
toward Soul Winning. 

GOAL EIGHT. At least one recruit for the 
Brethren ministry! What a Privilege! To have a 
part in the encouragement and assistance to one 
who God has called into preparation lor lull time 
service is just that. These recruits do need to be 
"called ol God," but by our encouragement they 
will lind it possible to heed God's call, and a base 
ol goodwill toward our brotherhood will be termed 
early in their experience. 

GOAL NINE. Reading the New Testament. 
Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word ol 

God. It is a great blessing to have God's word in 
printed lorm but we cannot share what we have 
not received. Let us read the New Testament this 
year with the purpose ol "sharing it with others." 

I am making a study ol Joseph, the "Layman ol 
Obedience" and the "Relative ol Jesus" with the 
purpose ol sharing these thoughts. Another inter- 
esting study is the "Priesthood ol Christ" given 
in Hebrews and relerring to the prophecy in 
Psalms 110:1-4. Faith is another possession ol 
ours, which the more we share, the more we have. 

GOAL TEN. Calling on the sick, elderly, or 
shut-ins. ONE CALL EACH MONTH? When God 
said go ye into ALL the world? This is a very 
modest goal and can easily be done with a most 
pleasant reward lor the ellort exj)ended. The joy 
ol expressing our concern lor others in their 
spiritual and physical health. Jesus gave us the 
example ol a "calling ministry." Think ol those 
individuals and small groups he lellowshiped with. 

GOAL ELEVEN. Your church 100% lor the 
EVANGELIST. We hope, trust, and pray that this 
layman's page alone will be a real incentive lor 
keeping the EVANGELIST coming to every home. 
We will do our best to keep up to date news and 
inlormation to inspire you in your Christian lile. 

II read in every home the EVANGELIST can help 
lullill the statement ol "We are led by ONE Spirit 
into the ONE body ol Jesus Christ." 

i'ebruary 9, 1974 Page Thirteen 


On Saturday, December 15, President Payne 
and a fellow Burlington Layman, Max Wilson, 
traveled to Milledgeville, Illinois for the Central 
District Laymen's Rally. They were met there by 
an overwhelming snow storm that cancelled the 
Rally but were able to have a time of fellowship 
with the Milledgeville laymen. 

The men met at the parsonage for a presenta- 
tion of the National Laymen's work. President 
Payne discussed the laymen's projects adopted 
for 1974 and presented the Goals program. After 
■a satisfying smorgasbord meal in the evening the 
group enjoyed an inspii dtional Bible study wath 

Rev. Black. The visitors were the guests of Owen 
Nye for the night. 

On Sunday morning they arose early and drove 
to Lanark for Sunday worship. President Payne 
was privileged to speak to the men and boys of 
the Lanark church during the Sunday School hour 
and then enjoyed the Lanark Choir's Christmas 

Pres. Jim Payne, third from left, poses 
tvith some of the Milledgeville laymen. Mil- 
ledgeville pastor, Jim. Black is in the right 
foreground with Jim and John Roivsey just 
behind him. Harlan Hollewell and Owen Nye 
are in the center, hack ro2v. 

Lanark laymen shoivn are: front, I. to r. — 
Ted Wilt, Leroy Thompson, Earl Wilkens, 
Emerson Ishe, Ken Geiss, Bob Guenzler, 
Keith Kniss. Back row — Diume Kniss, Ken 
Erbson, Bob Michael, Ken Truman, Rev. 
Paul Steiner. 


The Waterloo, Iowa laymen keep a busy schedule 
of service to their church and community. The 
following is a resume of their activities for 1973. 

The Waterloo laymen hold a regular meeting 
each month on the second Tuesday except in 
February and November. These are special months. 

In February they have their annual Sweetheart 
Banquet. This year they enjoyed a fine meal with 
their wives and were then inspired with a challeng- 
ing message on witnessing given by a fine Chris- 
tian layman from the Waterloo schools. 

In November they held their Father - Son Ban- 
quet. After the dinner, served by the Waterloo 
W.M.S., one of the laymen gave a devotional 
message, and then the boys were entertained by 
a magician. The evening of inspiration and enter- 
tainment was thoroughly enjoyed by all present. 

During the year several of the Waterloo Laymen 
had charge of the Sunday afternoon worship ser- 
vice at several nursing homes in the area. They 

also keep busy making repairs on the church and 
parsonage at Waterloo and at the mission church 
at Cedar Falls and have purchased several needed 
pieces of equipment for the church. 

During the summer they sponsor a Softball 
team in the Waterloo Church League, paying the 
entry fee and furnishing equipment and the 

This fall the men began showing a series of 
Christian films once a month and have been active 
in the KEY 73 campaign. Some of the men attend- 
ed the Lay Institute for Evangelism sponsored by 
KEY 73 and others the Lay Institute directed by 
our own Arden Gilmer in Waterloo. 

The organization holds two memberships in the 
ten dollar club and have had representation at 
District and National conference through the 

Their Public service was scheduled for 

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Rest, Fellowship and Renewal were on tap this 
fall for those who entered into retreat here at 
Shipshewana. The retreat season began with a Jr. 
High retreat held over the Halloween weekend. 
Here these youth considered the theme, "Behold I 
Make All Things New." Through the dynamic of 
small fellowship groups, and personal study and 
experience based on the principles of Psalms 139 
these Jr. Highs began to see themselves as unique 
creations of God. The retreat was highlighted by 
a group worship sei'vice on Sunday morning. 
There these young Christians presented banners 
of deep spiritual truth which expressed their 
thanks and praise to God for his wonderful work 
in creation and in their lives. 

The warm November fall was a fit setting for 
the fellowship and joy which the men of Indiana 
experienced as they entered into their retreat. In 
a progressive encounter with the Epistle of I John 
these men considered the theme of love for the 
brethren and unity within the Faith. As the Spirit 
of God moved within the hearts and lives of these 
men it was exciting and challenging. The bonds 
of unity and fellowship built in this retreat can 
only be fully appreciated by those who experienced 
it. Evening campfires in the Laymen's Lodge were 
the highpoints of each day as men gathered around 
the fire to sing and give praise to God. The retreat 

drew to a close in an exciting service of true 
brotherhood and sincere worship. 

December hosted the Northern Indiana Youth 
in a consideration of Christian Discipleship. 
Quarters were cramped by a large group, but the 
togetherness lended itself to an enriching experi- 
ence. Saturday afternoon football got a little 
rough — life can be that way also. The guidance 
and direction of the Scriptures lead these young 
people into positive and encouraging direction for 
life and its decisions. In the Sunday morning wor- 
ship, creative expressions of praise and honor were 
given to God by these youth as they lifted their 
hearts in thanks to God for the work He has 
done, is doing, and will continue to do in their 

The winter season at Shipshewana wall see the 
Indiana Pastors in a retreat consideration of 
Communion. The youth will return for fun and 
fellowship in the snow. As spring creeps in the 
ladies of Indiana will enter into their retreat. 

A retreat is an exciting experience for fellow- 
ship, and Spiritual growth. The atmosphere of 
the Center, the fellowship with mature Christians 
and the dynamic power of the Living Word is a 
welcome oasis in the desert and rat-race of every- 
day life. 

Submitted by Jack Oxenrider 
Retreat Coordinator 

J'ebniai'y 9, 1974 

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m m 

Decisions — decisions!, or is Dr. Joe Shultz 
trying to stop a sneeze? Delbert Mellinger 
■nd ivife Marian are in the left foreground. 

On December 19, in the Fellowship Hall of the 

hurch, the Ashland Park Street Men's Fellow- 
hip sponsored their first Annual All-Church 
^Christmas Dinner. Some ten to fifteen years ago 
^he first Laymen's Christmas Dinner was held in 
bne of the local supper clubs with about twenty 
inen and wives in attendance. 

This year the men's group, now known as the 
Men's Fellowship because of the number of Elders 
in the congregation, decided to open the dinner 
jto all adults in the church. The record attendance 
;of 80 showed the wisdom of the decision. 

The evening began with the diners gathering in 
the church parlors for punch and conversation, 
while the legendary Fern Smith and her assistants 
put the finishing touches on the buffet. 

In due time they were working their way down 
jboth sides of a sumptious board spread with Rolled 

Turkey, Beef & Noodle casserole. Baked Beans, 
Creamed Asparagus, Scalloped Potatoes, Relishes, 
Mixed Fruit and mince pie for dessert. 

Following the dinner those assembled enjoyed 
singing the familiar Christmas Carols and songs 
and then were entertained by a Choral Reading 
group from the Park Street Choir. The group, 
composed of Joe and Doris Shultz, Bill and Bev 
Hess, Dale and Marcia Stoffer, and Dorman Ronk, 
was accompanied by Joan Ronk on the piano and 
Tim Shultz and Brad Weidenhamer on percussion. 
The evening was topi>ed by a monologue entitled 
"The Shepherd That Didn't Go To Bethlehem" 
portrayed by Charles Munson. 

The Committee in charge of the affair was. Brad 
Weidenhamer, Chairman, Bill Hubler, Howard 
Mack, and Elton Whitted. Janet Hubler, Betty 
Snyder and Doris Shultz furnished the decorations 
and presided at the punch bowl. 

Betty Snyder avd Janet Hubler, center and 

right, preside at the punch howl before 

the Park Street All Church Dinner. 

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Rev. Patterson is campus chaplain of 
Wheaton (III.) College and held pastomtes 
in Neiv England and the Midiuest for nearly 
30 years. 

Leroy "Pat" Paftersom 

Eavesdropping has never been one of my vices 
but, under the circumstances, it could hardly 
have been avoided. I v^^as having lunch at a local 
restaurant when three men came in and sat down 
in the booth behind me. Since we were the only 
people in that part of the restaurant, it was im- 
possible for me to tune out their conversation. 

One man asked, "What ever happened to what's 
his name?" This triggered a hearty laugh, and I 
smiled sympathetically into my coffee because 
I am also affiliated wath the "what's his name" 

"Oh, you know," he persisted, "I mean that 
red-headed kid who used to come to Sunday 
school every week on the church bus and just 
about drove the driver up a tree." It became 
apparent to me that I had become an anonymous 
guest at a church staff meeting, which is a 
privilege reserved only for a favorable few. 

"You must mean Donnie Watson," the younger 
of the trio exclaimed. "He graduated from high 
school a year or so ago and, the last I heard- he 
had gone to college somewhere." None of them 
could remember exactly which college it was, so 
the subject was dropped; and they went on to 
discuss weightier matters, including the planning 
of a Sunday school contest. 

February 9, 1974 

The second question was, "Have you had any 
communication from others within the church?" 
The answer to this question was a httle more 
encouraging. One-half of the students responding 
said that they had received correspondence from 
time to time from their former youth leaders, 
Sunday school teachers or other members of the 

My third question asked, "Are you on the church 
mailing list to receive regularly the church news- 
letters, bulletins or other information?" Slightly 
under half of the students admitted that they 
never received any information from their church, 
other than what their parents sent. 

My last question was, "When you are home 
for the summer and holidays, is there any church- 
sponsored activity for college students?" Again, 
a little less than half of the students polled said 
that there were no special church activities or 
planned get-togethers for them when they re- 
turned home. 

You do not need to have a degree in psychology 
to read the results of this simple survey. It says 
loud and clear that, by its neglect, the church 
has contributed to the delinquency of its college 
constituency. Why should a student, who has been 
cut off from communication with his home church, 
any longer feel a strong bond of loyalty towards 
it? As one student said to me, "My church no 
doubt realizes that after graduation I probably 
will be moving to a different part of the counti-y 
and will not be a prospect for membership." 

It would appear that the local church has some 
fences to mend if it wants its young people really 
to believe the motto on the church bulletin, "The 
Church That Cares." My purpose in this article 
is to suggest some positive ideas for cultivating 
the continuing interest of our churches' college 

First, if we are going to establish a bond of 
loyalty with our college students, we must begin 
before they leave us. Those last two years of 
high school are extremely critical. We cannot 
wait untU the spring graduation to start showing 

A number of churches have attacked this prob- 
lem by developing a college prep class in the 
Sunday School, limited to high school seniors, and 
preferably taught by the pastor. The class begins 
each faU and continues through the entire school 
year, dealing with such subjects as Christian 
evidences, church history, the role of the church, 
responsible sex attitudes. Christian ethics, some 
vocational guidance, and the Christian world view. 
At some time during the year the class should be 
confronted with the major non-Christian philoso- 
phies the student will be facing. A debate on the 
question of the Christian college versus the secu- 
lar college should provide several lively sessions. 
The possibilities are unlimited. It is advisable for 
the pastor to bring in resource people, from his 
own congregation if possible, who are specialists 
in these areas of knowledge. No pastor is so wide- 
ly read that he can be an expert in every subject. 
Furthermore, by bringing in others to participate, 
the pastor wUl not only be providing variety, he 
will be giving gifted people within his own con- 
gregation an opportunity to minister. 

Page Seventeen 

One pastor makes use of his college students 
who are in the area, or who return for holidays, 
to share with the class their own personal ex- 
periences. This kind of information from their 
peers will be very helpful to the prospective col- 
lege student. 

Another very effective idea was promoted by 
my Minister of Youth a few years ago. He estab- 
lished a library of college catalogs, bulletins and 
year books, and displayed them prominently in 
the youth lounge. Most colleges are more than 
happy to send these materials free of charge, 
and it wUl save the prospective student hours 
of time normally spent In writing to different 
colleges for information. It was not uncommon to 
see high school students spending hours pouring 
over the various catalogs and year books. 

"You do not need to have a de- 
gree in psychology to read the 

One of the most profitable things a pastor can 
do in cementing a lasting relationship with his 
high school seniors is to have a personal inter- 
view with each one before he graduates. This 
can be very time consuming, but it is most re- 
warding. The student who goes away to college 
with the memory of his pastor's very personal 
prayer is bound to have a warm feeling toward 
his pastor and his church. 

There is a church which has the practice of 
holding a special "College Student Farewell Sun- 
day" just prior to Labor Day. The morning service 
is a recognition service for graduates, and the 
evening service concludes with a farewell supper. 
One of the students from that church said to 
me, "We like to pretend that we are too sophisti- 
cated for that but, deep down, all of us kids really 
appreciated it." He very proudly showed me a 
copy of The Living- New Testament, inscribed with 
a personal message from his pastor. A similar 
copy had been presented to each graduating 
student at the fareweU supper. 

These are only a few of the ways in which the 
local church can prepare its prospective students 
for college, and thus create a continuing bond 
of fellowship. This is one of the most crucial 
times in the life of the young Christian. By show- 
ing this kind of interest, the church communicates 
its concern, and insures the lasting loyalty of the 
young person. 

Second, if we exi>ect the student to maintain 
his loyalty to the home church, we must not only 
show our interest in him before he leaves but we 

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must also maintain communication with him dur- 
ing his absence. 

There are a number of simple ways this can 
be done. One method is to provide each student 
with a four-year subscription to a good Christian 
periodical. This may appear to be rather costly, 
but it is one of the most important investments a 
church can make. For some students, this pro- 
vides the only spiritual nourishment they get, and 
some have testified later that it was largely re- 
sponsible for keeping them true to God. Not only 
does it provide encouragement, it also helps equip 
the student for facing conflicting philosophies. 

"I remember a dejected student 
who showed me a mimeographed 
letter from his pastor. . . ." 

I know of one church that not only provides a 
four-year gift subscription to a good jjeriodical 
for its students, but it has budgeted for other 
Christian reading material as well. This is a 
special fund administered by the pastor for send- 
ing the most significant current religious books 
to his college constituency. There is a student on 
our campus who comes up to me periodically and 
shows me a new paperback he has just received 
from his pastor. He is quite pleased that his pas- 
tor has written a personal greeting on the fly 
leaf. This kind of involvement in the student's 
life costs very little in time or money, but it says 
loud and clear, "My church is interested in me." 

I remember a dejected student who showed me 
a mimeographed letter he had received from his 
pastor. It was newsy, clever and fuJl of bright 
quotations, but extremely impersonal. The student 
summed it up by saying, "I guess he must crank 
these out by the dozens!" The pastor who doesn't 
have time to jot a brief greeting once a month 
to his college students is too busy. Even the 
dictated letter, signed by the church secretary in 
the pastor's absence, can be rather professionally 

Another very profitable idea utilized by some 
churches is to feature in the bulletin a "Student of 
the Week" for special prayer. This is not only a 
reminder to the congregation to pray for those 
students away from home, but it tells the student 
that he is not forgotten. Other churches maintain 
a special College Student Bulletin Board, with 
clippings, letters and up-to-date addresses of the 
students. This requires constant vigilance, but 
it pays dividends. 

Then, in addition to cementing the ties with the 
college student before he leaves and maintaining 
communication with him after he leaves, we must 
make him feel welcome and needed when he re- 
turns. This may be done on both a group and an 
individual basis. 

In a church in our area the pastor, his wife 
and staff host an annual Christmas buffet for 
the returning students and their guests. It is held 
at five o'clock on a Sunday afternoon in the 
church parlors. Each year the young people look 
forward to seeing their old friends at this dinner. 
It provides a beautiful tie-in with the home 
church. Those who care to do so remain for the 
evening service, and many of them take part in 
the program. 

It is difficult to maintain a program for college 
students through the summer because so many of 
them are working, going to school, or traveling. 
But a dedicated couple whom I know has open 
house every Friday evening through the summer, 
and students are invited to come. They meet out 
on the patio, weather permitting, and around 
popcorn, potato chips and occasionally hot dogs, 
they have a good lively discussion on biblically 
related themes. The size of the group may vary 
from week to week, but the students always know 
that there is a place to go every Friday. The 
pastor of this young couple, along with his wife, 
attends as often as possible. This is simply 
another way of saying, "We are glad to have you 

We must be careful, however, that, in attempt- 
ing to serve the student, we fail to let him serve 
his church. Many of these students could teach in 
the Sunday school or help in the nursery. Most 
Sunday schools are looking desperately for sub- 
stitutes for the summer. Some students could 
teach a three or four-week series of lessons in 
the Junior or Senior High Department. I remem- 
ber a time when four strong young college boys 
asked me if they could take all the screens down 
and hose them off. Naturally, they enjoyed hosing 
each other off, as well. In addition to having a 
good time, they made a small contribution to the 
upkeep of the church property. The possibilities 
of channeling this reservoir of youthful talent 
and energy is unlimited. 

If I had the opportunity of reliving my more 
than 30 years of ministry, I certainly would do 
more to maintain contact with the many students 
who have gone out from my churches. For I have 
learned that the college student who has had such 
a caring church and pastor will usually have a 
wholesome attitude towards the church. Further- 
more, when he graduates from college, gets mar- 
ried and settles down, he will be more inclined to 
get involved with a local church. On the other 
hand, the church that writes off its students when 
they leave, can expect to be written off by the 

If we have to ask, "Whatever happened to 
what's his name," I hope we wiU become convicted 
enough to find out. 

Used by permission of United Evangel- 
ical Action magazine, official publication 
of the National Association of Evangelicals. 

February 9, 1974 

Page Nineteen 


Where do they go when they graduate from 
high school? Many continue their education by 
attending a college, a Bible institute, or a voca- 
tional-technical school. After this, some also seek 
more graduate training. 

Where do they go to school? Here is a list of 
schools and Brethren students, as compiled from 
the 1973 College Student Rosters returned to the 
BCE office by pastors. 

Yale (New Haven, CT) 

Roger Fallot - Louisville 
Alleg-heny Community College ( Monroe ville, PA) 

Cheryl Livingston - Pittsburgh 

Pat Quinlin - Pittsburgh 
Electronics Institute (Pittsburgh, PA) 

Terry Gossard - Vinco 
Conemaugh Valley School of Nursing 
(Johnstown, PA) 

Joyce Cole - Vinoo 

Diane Stutzman - Vinoo 

Bernice Parks - Vinco 
University of Pittsburg at Johnstown 
(Johnstown, PA) 

Paul Aurandt - Vinoo 

Bryan Lynch - Vinco 

Rob Dysert - Vinco 
Altoona Hospital School of Nursing 
(Altoona, PA) 

Janice Straub - Vinco 
Penn State University (University Park, MD) 

Carol Bobenage - Vinco 

Ewdard Hildebrand - Vinoo 
Morgan State College (Baltimore, MD) 

Barbria Trout - Washington, D.C. 
U.S. Naval Academy (Annapolis, MD) 

James Bobenage - Vinco 
Salisbury State College (Salisbury, MD) 

Deborah Saylor - Linwood 

Ohio Valley School of Nursing (Wheeling, WV) 

Brenda Murphy - Cameron 
West Virginia University (Morgantown, WV) 

Robert Bonar, Jr. - Cameron 
Floyd County Junior College (Rome, GA) 

Ronnie Teat - Sarasota 
Jacksonville State University (Jacksonville, FL) 

Bob Alvarez - Jefferson 
Florida State University (Tallahassee, FL) 

Bob Dillard ■ Sarasota 

Vicki Osbom - Sarasota 
University of Florida (Gainesville, FL) 

Gary Black - Sarasota 
Manatee Jimior . College (near Sarasota, FL) 

Gail Cornthwait - Sarasota 

Muriel Dickson - Sarasota 

John Hamel - Sarasota 

Juanita Metzler - Sarasota 

RusseU Robins - Sarasota 

Skip Questionati - Sarasota 

Kent Weaver - Sarasota 
Vocational-Technical School (Sarasota, FL) 

Lynn Black - Sarasota 

Sandy MiUer - Sarasota 
L,ee College (Cleveland, TN) 

Janis McChesney - Waterloo 
Ohio University (Athens, OH) 

Scott Davis - Bryan 

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Ohio State University (Columbus, OH) 

Dwight Skidmore - Gretna 

Donna Borton - North Georgetown 

Kris Kerr - Bryan 

Ron Robarge - Bryan 

Thomas Brown - Columbus 

(Mrs.) Ruth Sunkle - Newark 

Donald Leckey - Vinco 

Don & Barb Gra\'es - Gretna 
Bowling' Green State University 
(Bowling Green, OH) 

Karen Bleeks - Bryan 

Rodney Bruot - Bryan 

John Corwin - Bryan 

(Mrs.) Connie Dixon - Bryan 

Julie Slough - Bryan 
Northwest Technical Institute (near Bryan, OH) 

Karl Brace ■ Bryan 

Jeff Brandon - Bryan 

Aaron Cox • Bryan 

Rodney Gilbert - Bryan 

Sandra Haughn - Bryan 
University of Toledo (Toledo, OH) 

John Elsasser 
Kent State University (Kent, OH) 

Kathy Kerr - Bryan 

Laura Warm - Bryan 
Mt. Union College (Alliance, OH) 

Jon Lindstrom - Louisville 

Susan Staver - Louisville 
Stark Technical College (N. Canton, OH) 

Roger Waters ■ Massillon 
Ashland College (Ashland, OH) 

Ron Blake - North (Georgetown 

Joan Hamel - Sarasota 

Sara Kieffer - Warsaw 

Randy Smith - Jefferson 

Paula Tinkel - Ft. Wayne Crestwood 

Richard Craver - Pittsburgh 

(Mrs.) Marcia Stoffer - Gretna 

J. Paul Deardurff - Gretna 

Tracy F. Wilt, Jr. - Washington, D.C. 
Miami University (Oxford, OH) 

Wade Michael - Gratis 

Beth Miller - Louisville 

Jane Tawney - Bryan 

Greg Focht - Gratis 
Miami University: Middletown Branch 
(MiddletowTi, OH) 

Terry Bamhart - Gratis 

Janet GObert - West Alexandria 

Susan Michael - Gratis 

Robin Moodie - West Alexandria 

Sharon Moodie - West Alexandria 

Catherine Wiekel - West Alexandria 
University of Cincinnati (Cincinnati, OH) 

Terry Mansfield - Bryan 

Wes Carter - Dayton Hillcrest 

Mark Winfield - Dayton Hillcrest 
University of Dayton (Dayton, OH) 

David Deeter - Dayton Hillcrest 

Doug Aldstadt - Dayton Hillcrest 

Randy Johnson - Dayton Hillcrest 
Sawyer College of Business (Dayton, OH) 

Beth Gilmer - West Alexandria 
Sinclair Community College (Dayton, OH) 

Enid Schrader - Dayton Hillcrest 
Bluff ton College (Bluff ton, OH) 

Brian Clark - Gretna 

Vianne Clark - Gretna 

Dave Rusk - Bryan 
Indiana Central College (Indianapolis, IN) 

Jean Hildebrand - Teegarden 
Bethel College (Mishawaka, IN) 

Marsha Houghton - Elkhart First 

(Mrs.) Sheryl Spurrier - Warsaw 

Kathy Jo Horn ■ Ardmore 

Jim Vandermark - Ardmore 

Grace College (Winona Lake, IN) 

Rod Yoder ■ Warsaw 
Goshen College (Goshen, IN) 

Jan Glenn - Milledgeville 

Nancy Smoker ■ New Paris 
South Bend Memorial Hospital School of 
Nursing (South Bend, IN) 

Terri High - North Liberty 

Becky Smith - Jefferson 

Kathy Stoneburner - Teegarden 
Huntington College (Huntington, IN) 

Marcia Mangus - County Line 
Fort Wayne Bible College (Ft. Wayne, IN) 

Gregory Hooley - New Paris 

Dan Gray - Bryan 
Marion College (Marion, IN) 

Vickie Barton - College Corner 

Brenda Favorite - Roann 

James CJearheart - College Comer 
Manchester College (N. Manchester, IN) 

Jeff Kellam - College Comer 

Dan Keppel - Roann 

Dave Keppel - Roann 

Gene Rhoades ■ N. Manchester 

Tim Sheets - Nappanee 

Jan Swartz - New Paris 

Nancy Tate - N. Manchester 
Taylor University (Upland, IN) 

Bruce Dodds - Bi'yan 

Jo Ellen Dyson - Roann 

Nyla Nye - Milledgeville 

Wayne Grumbling - Waterloo 
Hanover College (Hanover, IN) 

Jennifer Schutz - N. Manchester 
Ball State University (Muncie, IN) 

Rose Ann Kropf - Jefferson 

Pat Morrison - OakviUe 

Dayanne Ross - Oakville 

Mike Smith - Oakville 

Mike Dobbins - Warsaw 

Patrick Bennett - Warsaw 

Brent Bruot - Bryan 

Brian Essenburg - Warsaw 

Maureen Koontz - Nappanee 

John Maust - Nappanee 

John Miller - Nappanee 

Mary Miller - College Comer 

Fred Pries - College Comer 

Terry Smith - Jefferson 

Steve Stillson - Nappanee 

Steve Troup - Ft. Wayne Crestwood 

Robin Wenger - Nappanee 

Barbara Barefoot - OakviUe 

Cristy Brunner - Oakville 
Indiana University (Bloomington, IN) 

BUI Bussard - Roann 

Laura Ihnen - N. Manchester 

Nick Miller - Teegarden 

John R(x>se - Nappanee 

Michael Roose - Nappanee 

Jack StiUson - Nappanee 

February 9, 1974 

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Indiana University Regional Extension 

(South Bend, IN) 

John Robinson - Elkhart First 

Karen Isenburg - County Line 

Jerry Isenburg - County Line 

Doug Smoker - New Paris 

Gary Murray - County Line 

Wendy Kring - Ardmore 

(Mrs.) Debbie Parker - Ardmore 
I.U./Purdue Regional Extension (Ft. Wayne, IN) 

Mark Baker - N. Manchester 
Vincennes College (Vincennes, IN) 

Steve Hentgen - Roann 
Indiana State University (Terre Haute, IN) 

Evelyn King - County Line 

Ralph King - County Line 

Mark Roose - Nappanee 
Purdue University (W. LaFayette, IN) 

Gary Eberly - N. Manchester 

Joe Frohlich - N. Manchester 

Gary Hostetter - Nappanee 

Keith Immel - N. Manchester 

Charles Keim - N. Manchester 

Ted & Lisa Little - N. Manchester 

Cinda Ravenscroft - Elkhart First 

Gary Whirledge - Jefferson 

Alan Welch - N. Manchester 

Bill Siewart - Oakville 

Karen Wogoman - Jefferson 

Carol Taylor - Teegarden 
Wabash College (Crawfordsville, IN) 

Steve Kieffer - Warsaw 
I.V. Tech. (near South Bend, IN) 

Carol Ford - County Line 
University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI) 

Karlyn Stanley - Dayton 
Centi-al Michigan University (Mt. Pleasant, MI) 

Beth Gilbert - Bryan 
Ferris State College (Big Rapids, MI) 

Brenda Heckaman - Nappanee 
Gra^e Bible CoUege (Grand Rapids, MI) 

Sharon Buckman - North CJeorgetown 
Wheaton College (Wheaton, IL) 

Melody Hofer - Sarasota 
Freeport Memorial School of Nursing 
(Freeport, IL) 

Peggy Dalacker - Lanark 

Highland Coninumitj' College 

Karen King - Lanark 

Debra Michael - Lanark 

Nancy Travm ■ Lanark 
Sauk Valley Junior College 

Vali Bushman - Milledgeville 

Kris Knapp - Milledgeville 

Sheree Livengood - Milledgeville 

Kim Millhouse - Milledgeville 

Bob Black - Milledgeville 
Iowa State University (Ames, lA) 

Bob Lamb - Waterloo 

Russell Stephens - Waterloo 

Bill Priebe - Waterloo 
Ellsworth CoUege (Iowa Falls, lA) 

Reese Miller - Waterloo 
University of Northern Iowa (Cedar Falls, lA) 

Diane Huff - Waterloo 
Coe College (Cedar Rapids, I A) 

Lyle Nesemeier - Milledgeville 

Jackie Warfel - Milledgeville 
Wichita State University (Wichita, KS) 

Jack Wessels - Derby 

Ken & Marie Vanderpool - Derby 
University of Colorado (Boulder, CO) 

Martha Hough - Linwood 
Western College (Silver City, NM) 

Larry Ladd - Warsaw 


Are there post-high students not listed? To 
date rosters have been received from only 34 
churches! If your church has not reported its 
college students, please send to the Board of Chris- 
tian Education the names of each student plus 
school address, school attended, expected gradua- 
tion date, and age. This information helps us 
maintain contact with your students during their 
training years and hopefully will help to retain 
them for future service in the Brethren Church. 

These churches have reported. Is your church 




College Corner 


County Line 

Dayton Hillcrest 


Elkhart First 

Ft. Wayne Crestwood 











New Paris 

North Georgetown 

North Liberty 

North Manchester 








Washington, D.C. 


West Alexandria 

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The Brethren Evang'elist 


Vignette of a Veteran 

The characteristics of a dedicated teacher are 
immediately apparent in Bessie Bowser, resident 
of Brethren Care, as one tallis with her. Coming 
from a family of nine children — six boys and 
three girls — she began teaching in an eight-grade, 
one-room school immediately after graduating 
from high school and taking a proficiency exam- 
ination. She continued this arduous routine for 
twenty-two years, after which she spent some 
years in further teaching at ]_,ost Creels, Kentucl^y. 
Then she resumed her own training by enrolling 
at Berea College, later returning to Lost Creek, 
where she taught English and Algebra. "Teaching 
is so interesting and rewarding," she observes; 
"watching people as they learn new things." 

One of her exciting experiences, she recalls 
with a smile, came when she and Carrie Stoffer, 
another teacher, were hunting nuts in the wooded 
hills around Lost Creek. Some rifle shots close 
at hand gave them the uneasy feeling that hunt- 
ers were being a bit careless. But not until they 
returned to the school did they learn that the 
shots doubtless came from some local moon- 
shiners who may have feared the teachers were 
"revenooers" and tried to discourage their 

Bessie never married until she was 69 years 
old, but with a glow, she speaks of the happiness 
this marriage brought her. Now, at 84 years, she 

has been a widow for several years. She says 
she likes people who think, and she reflects this 
attitude in her own thoughtfulness. 

Although she has been an avid reader in the 
past, because of failing eyesight, she is now limit- 
ed to the reading others can do for her. As I enter 
her room each week, she literally bounces out of 
her chair to provide whatever she has been saving 
for the occasion. The Bible and religious literature 
are her favorites. Sometimes as she listens with 
closed eyes, one would think she was asleep; but 
a sudden interruption with, "Isn't that a beautiful 
thought?" or a relevant comment indicates that 
she is following and thinking deeply. 

Bessie says of her Christian faith, "It was not 
a sudden conversion experience which I had; I 
simply learned to know the Lord better every 
day." She attends the Park Street Brethren Church 
in Ashland each week, where she seems to savor 
each moment of hearing the sermon and having 
fellowship with other Christian people. Her activ- 
ity is somewhat limited now, especially physically; 
however, the faith and serenity of her life witness 
to the Christian spirit living within. She confesses 
that her greatest joys in life are helping others 
and belonging to Him. Indeed, just a conversa- 
tion with this faithful Christian provides one a 
glimpse of a tranquil life in complete harmony 
with her Maker. — il 

February 9, 1974 

Page Twenty-three 



I've asked myself a thousand times 

Why God should send my way 
More blessings than my cup can hold, 

And richer, day by day. 
I tell myself it couldn't be 

For things that I have done. 
Because I've failed so utterly 

To be like Christ, His Son. 

I only know that since the day 

I first confessed my need 
Of Christ, to save my soul from sin, 

And bid His Spirit lead. 
The blessings have been pouring out 

In bountiful supply. 
I know not why He does so much 

For such a worm as I. 

Normaji McPherson 


Now, who can place a value on 

A neighbor good and true? 
I'm very sure thait I cannot, 

And I've had quite a few. 

Can you imagine how 'twould be 

If neighbors didn't speak? 
This sort of thing goes on, they say, 

Where people never seek 
To get acquainted with the folks 

Who just moved in next door. 
I wonder how they deem a life 

Like this worth living for. 

And some build fences, I am told, 

In order to define 
The place where "neighbors" can't set foot 

Across the border line. 
This is a childish way to act; 

A selfish thing to do. 
For what's a little bit of land 

When all is said and through? 

We need to live in harmony 

With all our feUowmen; 
To give and take as neighbors should, 

And visit now and then. 
Life is too short to live for self; 

Eternity, too long. 
Christ made the pattern, with His love. 

And love can do no wrong. 

Norman McPherson 

March 1, 1974 


a time wlien 

Christians everywhere 

gather together 

to pray 

■'Loved. We Will Love," 

a Bihie-centerecl worship 

guide prepared liy tlie 

National Association of 

Evangelicals, is available 
in booklet form for group 

participation in church 
and community services. 



quantity indie 




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Mrs. Ervin Eickhoff, nee Alice Camblin, age 
69, passed away Saturday, January 12, 1974 at 
the Falls City Community Hospital following a 
stroke. Services for Mrs. Eickhoff, a member of 
the Falls City Brethren Church, was held on Tues- 
day, January 15th, with the Rev. Elmer Keck, 
officiating. Mrs. Eickhoff is survived by her 
husband, four sons, four daughters, 30 grand- 
children, and three great-grandchildren. Interment 
was in the Silver Creek Cemetery. 


Mr. James Tritch, a member of the First 
Brethren Church of Goshen, Indiana, passed away 
suddenly on Thanksgiving Day, November 22, 
1973, at his home. Mr. Tritch had been a member 
of this church for over 40 years. He had served 
in about every office of the church, and had been 
a member of the Deacons Board for many years. 
He served as a Sunday school teacher for many, 
majiy years. Mr. Tritch is survived by his wife, 
Bessie; a daughter, Mrs. Jeanne Weldy of Flana- 
gin, Illinois; and three grandchildren. Mr. Wier 
Tritch of Fremont, Ohio, and Tucson, Arizona, is 
a brother. Mrs. Jerry Flora of Ashland, Ohio, is a 
niece. His funeral was conducted at the First 
Brethren Church by the undersigned on Monday, 
November 26. Certainly our church will miss the 
labors of this Christian man. 

Rev. Spencer Gentle 


Ralph F. Klingel, 85, a member of the Warsaw 
First Brethren Church, passed away November 
26, 1973. He is sui'vived by his widow, one son 
and three granddaughters. Funeral services were 
conducted by the pastor. Rev. Claude Stogsdill. 
Burial in Oakwood Cemetery. 


Florence Gable, 79, passed away January 11, 
1974. Funeral services were conducted by her 
pastor. Rev. Claude Stogsdill. Burial in Oakwood 
Cemetery. Survivors include a son and daughter, 
and several grandchildren. 


J. Benjamin Price, 60, of 108 N. Washington St., 
N. Liberty, Indiana, died at LaPorte Hospital. He 
is survived by his wife Beulah, a daughter, Mrs. 
Larry Hosteller of New Jersey, two stepdaughters, 
Mrs. Richard Anderson and Mrs. Russell Snod- 
grass; a brother, Jasper of Casa Grande, Arizona, 
two sisters, Mrs. Leslie Flora and Mrs. Earl 
Liggett. Funeral sei-vices held in funeral home 
by Rev. Stephen Cole. Cremation in the Riverside 
Crematory, South Bend. 


Mrs. Hugh (Evelyn) Zabel passed away early 
the morning of Januaiy 5th of a heart attack at 
her home at the age of 62. She was a faithful 
member of the Waterloo First Brethren Church, 
of the W.M.S. and Kings' Daughters. She is sur- 
vived by her husband, her father, one son Jack, 
and one sister and two brothers. Funeral services 
were held at the First Brethren Church on Tues- 
day, January 8th with Rev. Glenn Grumbling 
officiating. Burial was in Garden of Memories. 


Almeda Kyle, 86, a member of the Dutchtown 
Brethren Church, passed away January 2, 1974. 
Survived by two daughters and several grand- 
children. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. 
Claude Stogsdill. 


Mr. and Mrs. Marvin King, Rt. 1, North Liberty, 
observed their 50th Wedding Anniversary, which 
was Dec. 17, 1973. 

Bryon and Margaret Nixon will observe their 
50th Wedding Anniversary on February 16, 1974. 
They have been long time members of the First 
Brethren Church of Oakville, Indiana. 

Goshen, Indiana — 

11 by baptism, 2 by letter 

February 9, 1974 

Page Twenty-five 


A Rock extravaganza was held at the Watkins 
Glen, New York, Grand Prix Place Track on July 
28. About 600,000 youths turned the landscape into 
a sea of people. Seven of them set up four Scrip- 
ture distribution stations and within an hour en- 
listed a total volunteer force of 8.5 people to help 
them share God's Word. The new recruits estab- 
lished five additional distribution stations. A work- 
ing team of at least 60 persons continually moved 
among the crowd throughout the weekend. Approx- 
imately 80,000 Scriptures were distributed by these 
volunteers who at the start of the Festival num- 
bered only seven. 

from American Bible Society Record 


Once a spider buUt a beautiful web in an old 
[louse. He kept it nice and clean and shiny so that 
Hies would patronize it. The minute he got a "cus- 
tomer" he would clean up on him so the other 
flies would not get suspicious. 

Then one day this fairly intelligent fly came 
buzzing by the clean spider web. Old man spider 
called out, "Come in and sit." But the fairly in- 
jtelligent fly said, "No sir. I don't see other flies 
in your house, and I am not going in alone!" 

Presently he saw on the floor below a large 
crowd of flies dancing around on a piece of brown 
paper. He was delighted! He was not afraid if 
lots of flies were doing it. So he came in for a 

But just before he landed, a bee zoomed by say- 
ing, "Don't land there, stupid! That is fly-paper!" 

But the fairly intelligent fly shouted back, "Don't 
be silly. Those flies there are dancing. There's a 
big crowd there. Everybody's doing it. That many 
flies can't be wrong!" 

So he came in for a landing, flapped down and 
his feet set. He was sure that he was safe, doing 
what so many other flies were doing. So he land- 
ed — and he got stuck! He wanted to be with the 
crowd more than anything else. But he was only 
fairly intelligent ... or hardly that! 

It describes people, too, doesn't it? Some of us 
want to be with the crowd so desperately that 
we end up in a mess. What does it profit a fly 
(or a person) if he escapes the spider web only 
to end up on the flypaper?" 

from the Log of the Good Ship Grace 

Next time you see 

someone polluting, 

point it out. 

People start pollution. People can stop it. 

Keep America Beautiful ^fl . 

99 Park Avenue. fMew York, New York 10016 COUKll T> 

The Advertising Cogndl 

Page Twenty-six 

The Brethren £vang:elist 



It has been some time since a report has been 
in the Brethren Evang:elist from the First 
Brethren Church of Goshen, therefore we wish 
to let you linow that we are stOl serving God in 
this part of northern Indiana. 

It has been two years since the present pastor 
received a call from the Goshen church to serve 
as pastor. This was a bit unusual in that I had 
been pastor of the church from 1955 to 1963, and 
had resigned from the church to become Editor of 
the Brethren Evangelist in which capacity I had 
served for several years. The church in Goshen 
had undergone some serious problems during this 
time, but we are able to say now that we are 
overcoming any past problems and disappoint- 
ments I 

The recent holidays brought to us some reward- 
ing events. In November some eighty people 
banded together to do an intensive visitation pro- 
gram amidst the membership of the church, and 
in the community. The results of this program 
are found in new interest and in an increase in 
attendance in all services of the church. But most 
of all, there has been spiritual growth in the lives 
of those who did the visiting. 

On the last two Sundays of 1973, nine people 
found their way to the cross of Christ and ac- 
cepted Him as their personal Savior. There were 
several rededications made at the same time. On 
Sunday evening, January 6, eleven people were 
baptized by triune immersion. On the next Sunday 
morning, these eleven plus two others, were 
brought into membership of the church. Two 
others were received baclc into our membership 
after having been away for several years. This 
was truly a joyous day for our church! 

Man-made rules tell us that pastors do not re- 
turn to former pastorates, but such rules do not 
tal?e into account the calling of the Holy Spirit 
in the lives of men. I am certain that God called 
me back to these people, and the relationship is 
beautiful. There is a sense of unity among us; 
there is Christian love manifested in our relation- 
ships; and there is a willingness to serve God 
above all. God will bless such relationships! 

Some twenty-three of us from the church are 
looking forward to a tour of the Holy Land be- 
binning March 4 of this year. There will also be 
on the tour seven Brethren from other Brethren 
churches and eight from other denominations, 
making a total of thirty-eight in the group. We 
are certain that this trip will mean much to the 

spiritual growth of our congregation, and the 
fellowship will mean a great deal to those of us 
who will be making the tour of the holy places. 

Continue to pray for us here in Goshen. We 
intend, with the help of God, to move forward in 
God's Kingdom! 

Rev. Spencer Gentle 



On Sunday, January 27, an historic event 
the history of the New Lebanon Church toobi 
place. It was the Installation Service for Peter E.: 
Roussaki, new Minister of Music and Christian 
Education. This is the first time the New Lebanon 
Brethren have had two full time staff membersi 
They feel this is a time for "Celebration." Praise 
the Lord! 

On Sunday morning Dr. Joseph Shultz brought 
the message and assisted in the installation. After- 
the morning service a carry-in-dinner was held 
in honor of the Roussakis. To surprise Peter andi 
Phyllis a "Pound Shower" was given them. This 
included; sugar, flower, cake mixes, canned goods- 
etc. A cart was placed at the bottom of the real 
entrance steps in which these gifts of love wew 

Pastor, Don Rowser 

i'ebi-uary 9, 1974 

Page Twenty-seven 


The Brethren at the Wayne Heights Church 
ave just experienced a number of blessings 
hrough the various services of the past Christmas 
eason, and we would like to share some of these 
idth our friends around the brotherhood. 

On Sunday morning, December 23rd, the boys 
,nd girls of the Children's Department of the 
lunday School came into the sanctuary to 
decorate" the Christmas tree which had been 
ilaced on the platform. The previous weeic the 
hildren had been given beautifully decorated 
■n\elopes into which they were to put their 
:;hristmas offering for the King. These envelopes 
vere hung on the tree by the childi'en and their 
eachers by means of brightly colored ribbons. 
"ho children then sang several Christmas songs 
or the rest of the Sunday School. Having con- 
acted Miss Becky Baker at Riverside Christian 
"raining School relative to a specific project to 
vhich the offering could be applied — a project 
vhich the students themselves would enjoy — this 
iffering was designated to purchase records for 
he students in the dormitory to play on their 
lew record player. A total of approximately fifty 
lullars was presented for this missionary offering. 

from the Cradle Roll through the senior high 
school class — and even a number by the adult 
choir. Mrs. Rennert Stevens, one of the very active 
and talented members of the Sunday School and 
church made all of the necessary "visuals" used 
in this presentation. In addition to the large 
"book" there was a flannelgraph board with a 
number of scenes, and many of the participating 
groups also had "visuals" to give added meaning 
to their recitations, etc. The entire program was 
strictly Bible-centered and called attention to the 
real message of Christmas. The photographs 
show the initial sequence of the pages in the 
spotlighted book. Other pages in the book follow- 
ing the depiction of the shepherds accepting Him 
picture; The Wise Men Expected Him; The Inn- 
keeper Neglected Him; The King Rejected Him; 
and the final page — And You? 

Centering around the theme, "The Characters 
i5f Christmas meet Christ" our Sunday evening 
Children's Christmas Program was one of the 
finest we have ever seen. Throughout the evening 
;he large, colorful pages of the Christmas book 
A'ere turned, calling attention to the Shepherds, 
the Wise Men, the Innkeeper, etc. The recitations, 
songs, exercises. Scripture readings, etc. fitted 
linto the various page titles. All age groups of 
the Sunday School were used in this program. 

The page turners, shown in the pictures, are 
recent converts to Christ and additions to the 
Wayne Heights Church. The Kitzmiller twins — 
Bonnie on the left, and Betty on the right. (The 
twins, incidentally, celebrated their birthday 
anniversary on Christmas Day. ) 

The final "special" service of the Advent season 
was our Christmas Eve Service. Featuring the 
adult choir and their presentation of the cantata, 
"Kneel At The Manger," this service helped to 
prepare all who attended for the glorious day to 
follow. At the conclusion of the cantata a candle 
lighting service was entered into by everyone 
in attendance. The many poinsettas, the candle- 
light atmosphere throughout the entire evening 
gave a glorious feeling of warmth, light and 
beauty to the Christmas Eve Service. We "Praise 
the Lord" for the glorious opportunities for wor- 
ship, for fellowship, for sharing, for loving which 
this past Christmas gave to all Christians. 

With the beginning of the New Year the Wayne 
Heights Church has accepted as our "slogan" and 
as our goal in every endeavor, "To Serve Christ 
More in '74." We solicit the prayers of the brother- 
hood that His work might be promoted and en- 
larged in this comer of the vineyard. 

Page Twenty-eight 

The Brethren Evangeli 

World Religious News 

in Review 


BUFFALO, N.Y. (EP)— By the year 2000, "the 
institutional church as we know it will be dead," 
declared a Baptist minister here. 

The Rev. Dr. Daniel E. Koike, minister at Cen- 
tral Park Baptist Church, and a member of the 
University of Buffalo faculty, criticized the inst- 
tutional church today as having seven symbolic 
walls which prevent the Christian Church from 
doing Christ's work on earth. 

Among them are the wall of theology which pre- 
vents the release of the gospel to persons outside 
the church, and the wall of hardships, keeping 
the church from fighting against poverty, ex- 
ploitation and dehumanization by industry. 

Others are the moral wall, the wall of acceptance 
of the belief that the soul is good but the body is 
evil, the wall of nominalism revering Christ's 
name without obeying His commands, the wall of 
separation of the church from the community's 
needs, and the wall of miscarriage of missions. 

Dr. Koike makes the charges in his new book. 
The Church and Her Walls. 


ST. LOUIS, Mo. (EPi— The Board of Control 
of Concordia Seminary here convened in specially 
called meeting to deal with a backlog of items 
remaining from previous meetings. 

Acting on a recommendation from the Board 
for Higher Education of The Lutheran Church - 
Missouri Synod that the two seminary boards 
should scrutinize all courses, the board withdrew 
19 courses from the 1974-75 catalog pending fur- 
ther study. All of these courses are electives, most 
of them dealing with exegetical theology. Most 
of the meeting was devoted to specific discussion 
of course materials. In contrast to the November 
meeting, discussion throughout was low-keyed and 

Some time was devoted to the board's request 
in November that Seminary President John H. 
Tietjen explain in writing how he reconciles his 
position as seminary president under Synod pol- 
icies with several of his recent public actions, 
such as his participation in the July faculty pro- 
test, his involvement in ELIM (Evangelical Luth- 
erans in Mission!, his permission of a week's ab- 
sence from the campus by 15 professors who spoke 
at ELIM meetings throughout the country and' a 
lack of faculty response to a convention resolution 
in which the church strongly criticized the doc- 
trinal position of some faculty members. Dr. 
Tietjen briefly stated his position orally, and the 
board again asked Dr. Tietjen to confirm his 
position in writing before its next meeting. 


UNITED NATIONS, N.Y. (EPi— In the People's 
Republic of China, the pill is actually a miniature 
postage stamp paper strip which women swallow 
daily to help the government fight the population 

According to Dr. Carl Djerassi, professor of 
chemistry at Stanford University, who is some- 
times referred to as "the father of the pill," China ^ 
has more women on oral contraceptives than any 
other country. He said somewhere between 10 and 
15 million Chinese women were on the pill, repre- 
senting 10 to 15 per cent of an estimated 100 
million married women of reproductive age. 


NE'W YORK (EP) — The world Jewish popula- 
tion is estimated at 14,370,650, according to the 
American Jewish Year Book, whose 1973 edition 
has just been published. There are approximately!; 
6,115,000 Jews in the U.S., more than in any other' 

These estimates were compiled by Leom 
Shapiro, Associate Professor of Russian and' 
Soviet Jewish History at Rutgers University, whoi 
compiled the overseas demographic data, andi 
Alvin Chenkin, Supervisor, Statistics Unit, Council'! 
of Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds, whoi 
assembled the figures on the U.S. 

After the United States, countries with the 
largest Jewish populations are: Soviet Union, 
2,648,000; Israel, 2,723,000; France, 550,000; Argen- 
tina, 500,000; Great Britain, 410,000; and Canada, 
305,000. Fifty-one per cent of world Jewry is lo- 
cated in North, Central and South America, 28 
per cent in Europe, 19 per cent in Asia, 1.5 per 
cent in Africa, and 0.5 per cent in Australia and 
New Zealand. 

In the United States, the Jewish proportion ot 
the total resident population remains at 42.5 per 

■Chicago pries 


CHICAGO (EP)— A Roman Catolic priest here 
■efused to sanctify the marriage of a GI and his 
31?inawan bride after pulling the file of the 
groom's parents he found they hadn't carried 
heir share of the Church's financial load. 
; But Air Force Sgt. Stanley T. Godyn and his 
'^ife Mizue, here with their 10-month-old son, said 
another priest would tie the holy knot. 

Marriage rules vary by country and rehgion, 
md according to the Rev. Stanley Dopak, they 
also vary by the dollars. 


I WHEATON, 111. (EP)— To present personal ex- 
pressions of the Christian faith as they relate to 
the tasks and responsibilities of Christians and 
county government, a pre-Christmas breakfast 
was held here. 

Politiciains, businessmen, church leaders and 
two professional baseball players gathered for the 
meeting led by DuPage County Board Chairman 
Gerald Weeks. 

Speaker for the meal was the Rev. Christopher 
Lyons, pastor of Wheaton Bible Church. He 
warned that we have "not so much a crisis in 
(Confidence" in America today but one in "leader- 
jship." He emphasized that even though the church 
'must be kept separate from government, God's 
j judgment is certain — both on the church and the 
government — if we fail to follow God's leadership. 


BOSTON (EP)— A token payment of $100 
towards taxes on Park Street Church has been 
paid to the city of Boston. The check came from 
The Grad Group, a fellowship of graduate stu- 
1 dents and young adults at the church. 

"We have sent you this contribution from our 
missions' budget because we recognize the degree 
to which our church depends on the city for its 
very existence," the group wrote Mayor Kevin 
White in a letter published in INSIDE magazine. 

"But beyond this," the letter said, "Boston has 
many poor who through their taxes are helping 
to pay for the benefits we enjoy. Christ our Lord 
counselled one rich man to sell what he had and 
gi\'e it to the poor. He must be saddened to see 
the tables turned. Through His Word we are told 
to care for the widows and orphans, the poor, the 
needy and the stranger. By not paying our fair 
: share in taxes, we have attempted to place that 
responsibility on others. This token gift is there- 
! fore an evidence of our determination to obey 
Christ's will in all areas of our lives. He is Lord 
over our economic and political lives. He is con- 
cerned when we take advantage of the poor, or 
refuse to help the poor, through governmental 
structures. AU of our decisions, and all of yours, 
are moral decisions made before Him, whether 
or not we recognize Him as Lord. 

Page Twenty-nine 


SPACE CENTER, Houston, Tex. (EP)— Skylab 
3's astronauts felt changes of "almost a spiritual 
nature" in their views of themselves, or other hu- 
mans and of the possibility of life existing else- 
where in the universe, they radioed to earth. 

The changes in attitude came from orbiting the 
earth for 48 days and viewing the panorama of 
the globe continually, vrith the sun and the stars 

Gerald P. Carr, William R. Pogue and Edward 
G. Gibson all agreed on the phenomenon. 

The long space flight had given him a more 
"humanistic view toward other people and toward 
himself," Pogue declared. 

"I now have a new orientation ... of almost 
a spiritual natur-e," he added. "My attitude toward 
life and toward my family is going to change." 

Carr said that people in highly technical work 
tend to "move along with blinders on." 

"I think this mission is going to . . . increase 
my awareness ... of what else is going on besides 
what I'm doing," he said. 

The testimonials were reminiscent of James 
Irwin's declarations foUovidng Apollo 15's trip 
to the moon. Irwin said he felt the presence of 
God on the moon and has since founded "High- 
flight," an evangelistic association. 


WASHINGTON (EP)— The Federal Trade Com- 
mission has been granted a temporary court order 
to halt a faith healing business in which people 
vrith serious illnesses are being flown to the 
Philippines to be treated by spiritual "surgeons." 

The decree states that three travel agencies in 
Seattle and San Francisco may no longer use the 
term "psychic" surgeon or any other phrase or 
symbol which indicates that an actual operation 
on the human body will take place. 

The agency said substantial numbers of per- 
sons suffering from cancer and other serious ill- 
nesses have been traveling to the Philippines 
where faith healers, just by laying on of hands, 
claim to remove tumors from their bodies and 
otherwise heal illnesses. The thriving business, 
sometimes performed in waterfront hotels in 
Manila, has been in progress for several years. 

The FTC has been given permission to deliver 
a written message to everyone currently signed 
up for one of the trips, advising them that 
"psychic surgery" is "not an actual surgical op- 
eration, no incision is made and diseased tissue 
is not removed from the human body." 

There is no way FTC officials can stop people 
from leaving on the trips, once they have been 
advised of the situation. 

The travel agencies listed in the court order, 
and in a separate complaint issued by the FTC, 
are Travel King, Inc.; Phil- Am Travel Agency, 
Inc., San Francisco and Seattle; and Gem Travel 
Service Inc., San Francisco. 

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (EPi~The idea that an 
invitation to speak at a White House worship ser- 
vice implies a kind of benediction on the admin- 
istration is "ridiculous," Evangelist Billy Graham 
declared during a press conference here called 
by Christianity Today. 

"Twenty years ago we called such thinking 
'McCarthyism,' " Dr. Graham stated in a candid 
discussion of his association with President Nixon 
during the Watergate affair. 

While agreeing that Watergate and its related 
events were illegal and unethical, Dr. Graham 
said he will go anywhere to preach the gospel, 
"whether to the Vatican, the Kremlin, or the 
White House," provided there are no strings 

The evangelist emphasized that he was "not a 
Nathan," that David was the leader of "the people 
of God," a situation far different from America's 
secularized society. He said his relationship with 
the Nixon administration was better compared 
with Paul's relationship with Caesar. 

Did he regret stating publicly that he voted for 

"I am a Democrat," the evangelist said, "but I 
thought Mr. Nixon was the best qualified man 
to be President. . . . He and I had been personal 
friends for over twenty years." 

Mr. Graham emphasized that the President has 
still not been found guilty, and may have thought 
Dean and Ehrlichman had indeed investigated and 
found nothing wrong in the Watergate charges. He 
said the President can still recover a great deal 
of lost credibiUty in his remaining three years, 
provided there is no new "bomb" to explode. 

During the free discussion Mr. Graham stated: 
It is foolish to think the President had made him 
a tool to assure respectability in the eyes of the 
people since it has been so long since the evan- 
gelist had been invited to the White House. . . . 
He had suggested Senator Mark O. Hatfield as a 
possible running mate in 1968 but was not involved 
in the selection of a vice president. Mr. Nixon may 
have made serious errors in judgment, just as 
the evangelist said he himself had, and that it's 
better to show humility and say "I'm sorry" when 
one has made a mistake. 

The evangelist suggested that some good may 
yet come out of the Watergate debacle. First, "I 
think we will reform the political process by which 
we elect our officials." Second: "I think people in 
public life will think twice before they do some- 
thing wrong." Third: "I think the loose handling 
of thousands of dollars will be a thing of the 
past." Fourth: "I think there's going to be a look 
at the whole American system. I think we demand 
too much of our Presidents." 

The absence of an absolue standard of right and 
wrong contributed to wrongdoing, Mr. Graham 
agreed. "We've been told by popular theologians 
for some years that morals are determined by the 
situation, and now we are reaping the bitter fruits 
of that teaching." 

Each Christian citizen has one primary duty 
toward those in authority, and that is to pray for 

them, Mr. Graham stated. He said he would like 
to see the President attend once in a while the 
Senate and House prayer breakfasts. 

"It is my prayer that all the events that have 
happened during the past few months will tend 
to deepen the religious convictions of the Presi- 
dent," Mr. Graham stated in the exclusive Chris- 
tianity Today article. "The agonies of the Civil 
War caused Lincoln to turn to God in a greater 
dependence than ever before. This tends to be 
true of most Presidents in periods of crisis." 


GREENBACK, Tenn. (EP)— A special kind ol 
quiet joy — and what seemed to be a premonition 
of death — permeated the final few hours of life 
for Bonnie Presnell, one of 32 persons killed in an 
Arab fire bomb attack on a Pan American jet-i 
liner in Rome. 

Bonnie, a 20-year-old sophomore at Hiwassee 
College, Madisonville, Tenn., and her cousin, Robyir 
Haggard, a 16-year-old junior at Harrison-Chili 
howee Baptist Academy, Seymour, Tenn., were 
enroute from East Tennessee to spend the Christ' 
mas holidays with Robyn's parents in Saudii 

Robyn, burns covering about 35 per cent of hei' 
body, lies in critical condition in Santa Eugeniaii 
Hospital in Rome. The prognosis is "guarded'! 
but Robyn "is expected to recover," reports 

An unidentified passenger told the PresneUsI 
that Bonnie, in the hours before her deathlj 
appeared subdued and discussed the Bible ano 
the fact that she had recently "rededicated hei 
life to Jesus Christ and was happy to be alive.' 
The girl added: "If I had to die today I would be> 
ready." She said it more than once, the passenger 


HONOLULU (EP)— The "Jesus Festival Spec( 
ial" is expected to attract 8,500 teenagers to Honof 
lulu's Waikiki Shell in Kapiolani Park Sunday) 
January 20. The festival begins at 2:30 p.m. 

Youth Crusades of America with Richarc 
Shakarian is sponsoring the festival. It will fea; 
ture Andrae Crouch and the Disciples (former 
soul music group), Barry McGuire (hit song 
writer of "Green Green"), and television's "Lulu'i 
— Lulu Roman — of "Hee Haw." 

"The Jesus Festival Special will no doubt b< 
the largest youth rally of this kind ever held ir 
Honolulu," Shakarian predicted, "because over 10( 
churches of many denominations are joining th( 
effort to bring the festival to the forefront ii 

A businessman and father of two teenagers 
Shakarian launched the Jesus Festivals Special: 
two years ago, "because I saw the spiritua 
drought, depression, hostility, apathy and th( 
occult mainlining its way into our nation'; | 
youth," he said. I 

February 9, 1974 

Page Thirty-one 


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I know it Cometh soon or late, 
My part is but to pray and wait. 
I know not if the blessing sought 
Will come in just the guise I thought. 
I leave all care with Him above, 
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Vol. XCYI 

February 23. 1974 

No. 5 

"niic. '3'tetkeit 


Editor of Publications George Schuster 

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In This Issue: 

3 Hills or Pills (editorial) 

4 Missionary News 

World Missions Emphasis 

12 Signal Light Stories for March 

14 The Brethren Layman 

Inspirational for March 

16 Room for Encouragement in Washington 
Report on NAE leadership briefing 

18 Sisterhood 

20 News from Ashland College 

22 Moderator's Manna 

24 Church News 

26 News from the Brethren 

28 World Religious News in Review 

30 Cheep Advice — Laff-A-Little 






FIFTY YEARS AGO: A little bit of rhyme pub- 
lished Ln the church paper back in 1924 might 
still be in order for our present day: 
"Keep your face with sunshine lit, 

Laugh a bit; 
Gloomy shadows oft will flit 

If you have the wit and grit 
Just to laugh a little bit." 

day School attendance at the Oakville Brethren 
was "150 by 50" (25 by 75?) 

TEN YEARS AGO: Officers of the Central Dis- 
trict Woman's Missionary Society were: Mrs. 
Harlan Hollewell, President, Milledgeville, Illinois; 
Mrs. Virginia Law, Vice President, Lanark, Illi- 
nois; Mrs. Abe Glessner, Secretary-Treasurer, 
Waterloo, Iowa; S.M.M. Patroness, Mrs. Helen 
McDonald, Cerro Gordo, Illinois and Mrs. Marijane 
DeVeny, Assistant S.M.M. Patroness, Waterloo, 

February 23, 1974 

By the Way 

Page Three 


Reflecting upon a memorable journey last fall 
through the Shenandoah Valley and looking up 
toward the hills and mountains of Virginia I re- 
call reading in the 121st Psalm: "I will lift up 
mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh 
my help." 

This particular verse in turn brings to my re- 
collection what an English writer suggested about 
ten years ago after the tragedy of approximately 
8,000 infants being born deformed because of the 
use of certain sleeping pills by the mother during 
the gestation period. He suggested that the time- 
honored verse of Psalm 121 should be revised to 
read: "I will lilt up mine eyes to the PILLS," 
rather than to the everlasting hUls of God. 

How true! Pills, not hills, especially the ever- 
lasting hills, are where many today are looking 
for strength and release in our day. This is an 
era of "jets" and "space age," so what value can 
be found in a Biblical poem that was written over 
two thousand years ago? 

The trend in television commercials seems to 
indicate that this present age, jet and space age 
or not, has more problems than any age in pre- 
vious history. Certainly, many of our Biblical 
characters had their share of problems. Let us 
take Moses for an example. Probably no other 
leader had any more difficulty than did he as he 
tried to lead a group of double-minded grumblers 
through the wilderness. Yet, when the going "got 
tough" he found strength beyond his own in the 
everlasting hiUs — where he met his Lord. Moses' 
secret was hills, not pills. 

Let us consider David as another example. He 
was a mighty military man who had all the per- 
sonnel and arsenal of a tremendous army behind 
him to be a most powerful leader. Yet, his 
strength too, was in the everlasting hills of Zion, 
where he established God's own city. Often, very 
often, he too lilted up his eyes to the hills. 

Centuries of sorrow followed David, for God's 
people drifted into the ways and byways of evil. 
Instead of their eyes being focused upon eternal 
hills, they too sought strength in piUs. Pills in the 
form of other gods; military might; political and 
economic shenanigans. The medicinal results for 
the curing of their ailments were the same as 
before, but this did not seem to alter the fact 
that these types of piUs were most important 
in their lives. 

When a disease goes through a nation un- 
checked and left to run its course in a most con- 
tagious manner the inevitable happens and so it 
happened here. Judgment came, and in faraway 
Babylon, the eyes of the exiled once more were 
turned upward toward the sacred hills of Zion 
hundreds of miles away across the desert. "By 
the rivers of Babylon" a weeping people recovered 
their perspective on life. Once more the hills be- 
came more important than the pills. 

Then, and then only, did the faithful remnant 
return from Babylon to Jerusalem to rebuild 
Zion's sacred courts. Midst danger, toil and suffer- 
ing the people of Israel sang their immortal songs 
of faith. Psalms of the spirit which should remind 
the Aspirin, Bufferin and Anacin age that the 
truth of God is eternal and does not wear off in 
a few hours. 

Speaking in the quiet language of faith, the 
Psalms of His Holy Word call men to take his 
eyes off the medical shelves in the super-markets 
and transfer his gaze upward toward the hills 
which God created out of nothing "When the 
morning stars sang together. " 

HiUs, everlasting hills, not hills of pills are the 
crying need of all men today. Especially today 
do all men, particularly those on "Capitol Hill," 
need to fix their eyes upon Calvary, the hill where 
Our Heavenly Father gave Himself for all 
mankind. (G.S.) 

Page Four 

The Brethren Evangelist 




John Guli, transkitor 
& literacy co-oi'dinator 

The following is taken from a newsletter by 
Roger Mohrlang, the Wycliffe translator who has 
been working with John Guli and the Higi trans- 
lation of the New Testament from the beginning. 
John, who visited many of our Brethren Churches 
last year, is the literacy co-ordinator for the Higi 
churches and the one who has done the transla- 
tion into Higi, working with Roger Mohrland. 

". . . hy the time you get this lette?', tve 
should have conijdeted the final typing of 
the entire Higi New Testament! Unfor- 
tunately, that's not the end; I'm notv left 
with the painful job of proofreading the 
more than 1,000 pages in detail, to make 
sure that ever-y jot and tittle is in order be- 
fore sending it on its ivay to England for 
printing. . . . I figure the manuscript repre- 
sents about ten thousand hotirs at this point, 
so I protect it with my life, believe me! 

"In early January . . . John Guli and I will 
be giving a short course to all the evangelists 
in preparation for beginning literacy classes 
in all the churches this dry season. For the 
next five months, John and I will be 'work- 
ing together ivith the church, trying to estab- 
lish the whole Higi literacy program on a 
firm basis. Most of the time tve' II have our 
noses to the gri7idstone training men and 
producing additional literacy materials in 
the language. 

"'With the abundance of food in our af- 
fluent society, it's difficult to appreciate the 
2}light of the millions of desperate and hun- 
gry people just to the north of us, affected 
by the tragic drought all along the edge of 
the Sahara. The early end of the rains this 
year have brought the drought right doum 
into the northern states of Nigeria, leaving 
countless miles of unmatured stalks of 
Guinea Corn withered, with no hope of ariy 
harvest. Moslems, Christians, and pagans 
are affected alike. The feiv 7'emaining crops 
are noiv endangered by blight and a plague 
of grasshoppers that has struck North East- 
ern State. Many are dying from lack of food, 
and millions are affected in Nigeria alone." 

We appreciate Roger sharing with us about 
conditions and progress in this part of Nigeria and 
all will want to remember in prayer those mem- 
bers of the church in Nigeria and especially those 
working with the translation of the New Testa- 
ment which can bring spiritual life to so many. 

February 23, 1974 

Page Five 



Pictured above is Rev. M. Virgil Ingraham, the General Secretary of 
the Missionary Board, during his recent administrative visit to India along 
with Rev. K. Prasantha Kumar and Nirmala, Brethren missionaries; or- 
dained pastors, evangelists, Bible Institute students, workers, and orphans. 



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by Kenneth Solomon 

Kenneth Solomon family arriving in 
Medellin, Colombia 

With an expression of recognition that not all 
first impressions are valid and dependable, I share 
this information for what it might be worth. 
Climate "City of Eternal Springtime" 

My family and I arrived in this city of Medellin 
on the 23rd of November, supposedly at the close 
of their "winter" season. (The name given to the 
months when it usually rains frequently) but 
as it turned out we have had rain for a part of 
every one of the 36 days but about eight. So this 
has added to the problems of house-hunting, run- 
ning from store to store seeking the best price 
for furniture, getting two younger children to 
school some five miles away — all without a car. 
We are thankful for availability of taxis and 
buses just four blocks from home and for um- 
brellas. But this has been an abnormally wet and 
prolonged winter of rain which has caused great 
damage to crops and a great financial loss to the 
country. Normally we can expect an annual 
average rainfall of 48 inches (well distributed 
throughout the year and an average temperature 
of 23 degrees Centigrade.) 


Population: nearly 2,(X)0,(X)0 
Industrial Capital of Colombia 

In the days that we have been here we have 
had ample opportunity to verify the superficial 
impression of our brief four-day visit in June. 
Truly, by day or by night, Medellin is a beautiful 
city. Its location in a valley only seven miles wide 
and 18 miles long adds to its loveliness since many 
of the nearly two million inhabitants have had 
to construct on the gentle slopes of the scenic and 
ever near Andean mountains. Both from the hotel 
and from our newly rented home, the view of the 
sparkling city at night is quite exciting to behold. 

Our home happens to be one that is located in a 
suburb high on the mountain slope and thus 
affords a lovely view of the center of town down 
the valley. 

Now with the municipality having put up some 
250,000 colored light bulbs (of the 40 watt size) 
as Christmas decorations in the parks and out- 
lining some special buildings such as the central 
Catholic Cathedral, the city is even more gorgeous 
than any we have seen. 

This central and most important of cities was 
founded in 1616 at an altitude of 4,757 feet above 
sea level which gives it the most agreeable cli- 
mate in the country. Due to the accelerated 
growth of its textile and manufacturing industries 
it has become the Industrial Capital of Colombia. 


The first impression, after leaving the unnatural 
environment of the hotel, was of a people aloof, 
unfriendly and unresponsive. We would politely 
say "Buenos Dias" and they would just stare at 
us without saying a word. This made them even 
seem discourteous and caused us to long for 
"Good-old Argentina" where the people were so 
friendly and where we were loved and respected 
by a large number of precious friends and broth- 
ers in the Lord. They also spoke so rapidly and 
with a different intonation of the Spanish (to say 
nothing of the many terms that are different 
here) that it made us quite frustrated and em- 
barrassed when we couldn't understand them and 
they couldn't understand completely what we 

Then there were the (what seemed to us) un- 
friendly, thoughtless acts of the bus drivers. To 
take the children to school we must use the ser- 
vices of two buses, the first one stopping about 
four blocks from home. It bothered us to be al- 
most to the bus and have him take off without 
us. We didn't know then that he had a very tight 
time schedule and couldn't wait for anyone. And, 
also, there is usually another one comes along 
within five or ten minutes. But, on occasion we 
would have to stand another 20 minutes when the 
next one would be off schedule. It was even worse 
when it happened to be raining hard and there 
was no shelter at the bus stops. Then, too, there 
were times we would give the sign but they 
wouldn't stop for us. This was most irritating, 
especially since our umbrellas were not keeping 
us entirely dry and we had been waiting a long, 
long time. What then seemed a very unfriendly, 
discourteous act was later explained by the fact 
that this particular bus is not permitted by law 
to have more than around six persons standing 
up in the aisles and so being filled to legal capac- 
ity the drivers are obligated to pass one up and 
not stop. 

Other aggravating experiences were such as 
when depending upon the taxis and having them 

rebruary 23, 1974 

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3t be able to find the address requested. How 
lean we ever hope to learn our way around if the 
|city system of house and street numbering was so 
■complicated that not even the taxi drivers can 
learn it adequately. Later we were able to tell the 
drivers each turn to make and, of course, there 
no doubt had been some who purposely took ad- 
vantage of these "ignorant foreigners" and took 
them extra blocks, pretending not to find the 
place, so as to charge more. This, of course, would 
never happen in a large U.S. city. Or would it? 
I guess not all taxi drivers are Christian there 


We suffered another "culture shock" when we 
went to what was recommended as their "Super" 

j In the fruit line we didn't even recognize many 
of them so of course didn't know their names. 
Then we found out that what we thought we did 
recognize as lemons and limes turned out to be 
the opposite. The limes were the size of lemons 
jand the lemons small and green like limes. In the 
ivegetable line we had the same frustrating ex- 
iperience — and the meat!! None of it looked fresh. 
To tell about it sounds mild but the experiencing 
of it was not. 

Needless to say it took us three hours to do the 
shopping that normally takes one hour in the 
States. Then, upon leaving, we found we had so 
much we couldn't take it on a crowded bus so we 
had to look for a taxi. It would seem there are 
alwa\'s many looking for customers when you 

Taxi in front of Solomon residence with 
neighboring hotises connected to the right. 

don't need them and then very few or all occupied 
when you do need them. 


By now, we have had "second" impressions that 
showed us that "first" impressions are often false 
and unreliable, or at best, only partly true. 

As to the climate, the abnormally long and wet 
winter season seems to at last be surrendering 
to the demands of summer and we are having 
less rain and more sunshine. And, in spite of the 
many days of rain the humidity count wasn't 
as liigh as in Argentina so there was little damp- 
ness in the air within our house or garage. Jan 
could hang her hand-washed clothing to get it dry 
inside. (We are hoping to have the washer and 
dryer within another two weeks. ) 

As to the city, we are now able to get about 
without the frustration of getting lost. We now 
know where to shop for nearly everything and 
how to get there and back by bus. Some of the 
drivers are becoming more friendly for they now 
recognize us. We also were impressed by the 
friendliness of the people on the buses when we 
had to stand up they always offer to hold the 
children's books or lunch pail and any packages 
or umbrella, so we can hold on with both hands. 
(Quite necessary because of the suicidal way they 
drive in order to complete their designated rounds 
in a very limited time schedule.) 

Even in our "Barrio" (suburb) we are finding 
the people much more responsive and friendly 
and even the apparent resentment of the five 
neighbor girls caused by their girl friend moving 
out and our moving in, has disappeared and they 
now respond to our greetings and conversation. 

We have even found another "Super Market" 
in a shopping center which is clean and well- 
organized and much like what we are accustomed 
to. The meat looks good and is not as expensvie as 
in the United States. We can go on a small bus 
that passes just four blocks from home and drops 
us off at the door. There we can find everything 
we need besides food and usually a taxi if and 
when we need one. 

We are preparing tracts. Bibles and New Testa- 
ments to begin a house-to-house evangelistic effort 
in our suburb. We have already had some inter- 
esting experiences witnessing and giving out 
tracts to porters, bellboys, waiters, taxi and bus 
drivers and our neighborhood small grocery store 
owner and son. 

We appreciate so very much the prayers of the 
Brethren which have seen us through the most 
difficult and most frustrating period of the first 
month. We trust you will continue to be faithful 
in your participation in this beginning of a new 
Brethren missionary work. 

We encourage your corresponding ivith the Solomons. Remember Air- 
forms are 15<t and can be secured at your local Post Office. Airmail is 17t 
for each 1/2 ounce. 

Their new address is 

Kenneth L. Solomon 
Apartado Aereo 055171 
Medellin, Colombia 
South America 

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Many have sponsored the children in the Brethren Home in India. Some have 
offered support on a regular monthly basis and are assigned to a particular young 
person. From time to time due to personal circumstances some regular support 
is not forthcoming and it has been at these times that others have made single con- 
tributions to keep support at the required level for underwriting the expenses of 
the children. 

We list herewith those who have made contributions during the past three years 
toward orphan support in particular. The offerings from some churches designated 
for orphans or orphanage have been used toward the initisd expenses of providing 
the orphanage with equipment and furnishings and we will not attempt to list each 
of these churches. 

John R. Fry 

Donovan Garber 

Adult Class, Pittsburgh 

Walter Strope 

Builder's Class, Masontown 

Ronald L. Wyann 

Carrie Stoffer Missionary Society 

Mr. and Mrs. L. L. Funk 

Connie Jamison 

James W. Miller 

Willing Workers, Berlin 

Wayne Heights Church 

Hagerstown Church 

Berean S.S. Class, Louisville 

B.Y.C., Brush Valley 

Robert E. Geiger 

Guiding Light Class, Pleasant View 

Dayton Church, Pathfinders Class 

Altruist S.S. Class, Nappanee 

Lucetta Hibbs 

Brethren Heirs, St. James 

W.M.S., Levittown 

Robert E. Miller 

Ashland Theological Seminary 

Turah Locke Class, Maurertown 

Papago Park Church 

February 23, 1974 

Pag:e Nine 


— sayings from the Lardin Gabas 

Text and drawings by John Srimley 
material for Bura proverbs by Feme Baldwin 

Lenti mithlu Ndalna katsilar kya gathers up the wisdom of Jesus' words, "A 
servant cannot have two masters," as well as the contemporary warning not "to 
spread ourselves too thin" as we dash back and forth from one responsibility to 
another. The Margi people of Nigeria put it this way: "Two cooking fires are the 
downfall of the noblest dog!" 

c^ ^' 

; O '■3_- 0_. 

The wisdom of the ages embodied in folk tales 
and proverbs is often expressed through the 
antics and the imagined human characteristics of 
animals. In a list of twenty-nine Margi proverbs 
fifteen refer to such animals as the dog, baboon, 
hyena, fish, wild cat, mouse, and lizard. You've 
heard about the bull in the china shop. The Margi 
people say, Ba bulam wu far uhi — the baboon in 
the corn field; or again, with additional over- 
tones, Gwar mompolingu wu dlimar ku — the 
hyena in the goat house! This refers not only 
to the person who travels roughshod over the finer 
things and the feelings of others, but also refers 
to the person who after getting to where he wants 
to go (into the goat house), panics because of the 
restrictions and goes beserk, breaking out through 
the "walls" to his ruin, and without even one 

Many proverbs i>ass on wisdom at the expense 
of laughing at ourselves or at another who is 
brutish and stupid, as in the case of the hyena, 
or at an outcast, perhaps a person of another 
tribe. It is the "trader from a neighboring tribe 
who is looking for his donkey," while riding on 
him! — the lady looking for her glasses? And it is 
"the lazy neighbor who, having been surfeited 
by overeating, sets his corn bin afire!" 

Some of life's truths are taught by proverbs 
like "The home that increases wUl decrease" — 
pride goes before a fall; and by "Sit on the low 

anthill, sit on the high anthill" — both the common 
man and the king have ants in their pants! And 
by "The fish trusts in water, but it is water that 
cooks him" — the very circumstances upon which 
we depend may in due course bring about our 

the (lies frotn ihc sfump-t^ilrd cow 

(continued on next page) 

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To be prepared is "to make a shield from a soft, 
fresh buffalo hide before the day of warfare," 
and "to cut a goat skin for carrying the baby on 
Mother's back before the day of birth." Life's 
dilemmas are expressed with "escaping between 
the horns and the ears" — from between the devil 
and the deep blue sea! And life's tight places, 
by "the corn between the grinding stones." 

A proverb that points up hypocrisy: "Skinning 
the lizard to sell its skin is one with eating its 

flesh." The tendency to cause our own trouble: 
"Throw an object into the water and fish it out 
with one's own foot," and "Jump into the water 
without knowing its depth or what is in it!" This 
also carries with it the thought of researching a 
proposition before going headlong into it. Hos- 
pitality is proverbial for Africa, but it may be 
taken advantage of: "The mouse taking refuge 
in a clump of grass unbumed by a passing fire 
eats and leaves" — the person who moves in on a 
relative to eat and sleep for months and then 
leaves just before the hoeing season! 

The Bura people of a neighboring river valley 
express God's providential care with "God chases 
the flies from the stump-tailed cow." Kir duku 
akita kirambwa wa reminds the Bura person 
inclined to rush ahead on his own that assisting 
cooperation is usually needed, for "one head can- 
not carry a house roof" from the place where it 
has been fabricated on the ground to the top of 
the house wall. Two — or ten — heads are better 
than one! Yet the necessity to make one's own 
decision and bear one's own troubles is expressed 
like this: "It won't give your neighbor a head- 
ache" — your neighbor may be curious, but your 
trouble will not bother him enough to cause him 
to give you help; therefore, make your own 
decisions and carry your own responsibilities. Here 
is another excellent proverb from northeast 
Nigeria: "If fire lights on your neighbor's beard, 
sprinkle water on your own." What do you think 
that one means? 


by K. Vijaya Kumar 

I praise the Lord for keeping me safe and being 
with me during the last two years. I believe that 
He will continue to be with me until His Second 

I am thankful to the Loree Brethren Church as 
it has been giving me a full-scholarship through 
the Missionary Board of The Brethren Church 
here in the United States. I thank the individuals, 
the Seminary, and the Churches for helping me. 
I really appreciate the concern and love of our 
brethren towards me. I thank the Administrative 
Staff and members of the Missionary Board of 
the Brethren Church for giving their time in deal- 
ing with my concerns. 

During the last two years I have learned many 
things at the Seminary and the Lord has enriched 
me with Spiritual knowledge. I am looking for- 
ward to the day when I will return to India and 
serve the Lord Jesus Christ and our Brethren ' 
Church. Before I leave for India I would like to 
become acquainted with many more of our breth- 
ren in the United States. I need your prayers for 
my stay here and for my future ministry in India. 

K. Vijaya Kumar, 
missionary candidate 

February 33, 1974 


A *•»< *!/.»■ Mliniii ™ Si , 


Phi/ g Jitn lineh 
Banitit Maisti) 


On a warm day recently, as only Florida can 
provide in January, I was sitting in the shade, 
contemplating life. I found myself listing the 
blessings I have found at Brethren House. From 
the days in the hospital three years ago, when I 
wondered about my future, I have come a long 
way, baby! 

My list of blessings had to begin with the 
Lersches. I am grateful to be included as a mem- 
ber of their family and enjoy the friendship we 
share. In addition to that I have found myself on 
a team of committed workers for the Lord. Our 
goal, together, is to find effective ways of serving, 
using the talents and abilities we have been given. 
There is wordless joy in working together with 
those in whom you find a common bond in Christ. 

As I thought about the children who come 
through our doors I realized what a unique 
privilege it is to be allowed to touch these young 
innocent lives. They come out of all sorts of homes 
and yet when they come here they each receive 
the portion of God's love that we feel for them. 
I saw myself again as simply an instrument, a 
vessel to be filled and used by God to touch these 
children. In such an awareness, of course, is the 
immediate feeling of being inadequate to the task 
you are called to. But I know that if I do my best 
that God will continually refill me and strengthen 
me. Our current theme is Psalm 46:1 — "God is our 

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refuge and strength." It is a difficult concept 
for the kids to grasp and I find it hard for me 
to articulate what I w£mt to say but I have indeed 
been renewed in His strength. 

When I was in the hospital convalescing I re- 
member praying that God would send me to just 
the right place where He wanted me. Well, He 
did and it couldn't be better suited to me than a 
glove. I live and work under the same roof which 
eliminates transportation problems and everything 
is within these walls so that I can accomplish the 
job I have been called to do. 

The tasks I have to complete are rewarding, 
boring, tedious, fun, dull, complex, simple — in all 
an ongoing list of things that keep me interested 
and involved, most of all challenged and reward- 
ed. There is satisfaction in the work and in the 
accomplishment of a job well done when I do 
my best. 

I am still learning how to be used. I am still 
growdng and gaining insights into what God wants 
to do with my life, and sometimes I have to learn 
painfully and tearfully. But I continue to pray 
that I will be open and sensitive to God's leading 
and He very beautifully does just that. 

I find myself wanting to share these things 
with the Brethren people because many of you 
have played a part in my life to bring me to this 
point. I well remember the many gifts of love 
that have come to my family through the years. 
Your prayer support and acts of kindness have 
given me a sense of God's love and have illustrated 
vividly for me how God uses His people in love 
to accomplish His purposes. It is out of that kind 
of background and with the solid foundation of 
love from my family that I am able to share with 

It is because you have supported me and, 
through the Brethren Missions, Brethren House 
that I was able to list my blessings. For you and 
for this privilege of service I am grateful. Thanks 
be to God for His unspeakable gifts! 


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Hannah was sad. So sad that tears ran down 
her cheeks as she prayed one day in the temple. 

The minister came to her and said softly, "Wipe 
away your tears, Hannaah. God will hear your 
prayer and answer it." 

Hannah looked at the minister and gave him a 
little smile. "Thank you," she said. "I believe He 

Hannah had been sad because she and her hus- 
band didn't have any children. She had been pray- 
ing for a baby boy. She promised God if He would 
send her a son she would give the child back to 
Him to serve Him. 

Now she went home smiling. God would answer 
lier prayer. She knew He would give her a son 

It was about a year later that a baby boy wa 
born to Hannah and her husband. They name< 
him Samuel. 

How Hannah loved her son! She bathed him ant 
fed him and cuddled him. 

He grew quickly as babies seem to do. One daj 
he was walking and talking. As Hannah looked a1 
him she said to herself, "It's time for me to keej 
my promise to God." 

Hannah washed Samuel's clothes and folde( 
them carefully. She bathed him and dressed hur 
in his best shirt. Then she took him by the hanc 
and carrying his clothes in her other arm thej 
started to the temple. 

As they walked along Hannah talked to Samuel 
"You remember I told you, Samuel, how Goc 
answered my prayer and sent you to us. I prom 
ised God you would always serve Him. Now it 
time for you to go to live in the temple with oui 
kind minister Eli. He will help you to learn U 
serve God. Daddy and I love you and will visit 
you often." 

When they reached the temple Eli lifted Samue 
in his arms. "I'm glad to have a good helpei 
like you, Samuel," he said. 

Hannah kissed Samuel and walked slowly home 

She did visit him often. She smiled happily when 
she saw him lighting the candles, opening the big 
temple doors and reading the Bible. Her son was 
learning to serve God weU. 

"Thank You, God, for Samuel," she said. 

—Based on I Samuel 1:9-28 
Memory Scripture: Psalm 100:2 

February 23, 1974 

Page Thirteen 


"Jose," said Mrs. Salvo one Saturday, "I want 
to help Rev. and Mrs. Jones tell our friends about 

"So do I!" said Jose. "What can we do!" 

"Do you think your friends would like to come 
here to play today?" asked Mother. "We could 
make it a party. Then while the children are eat- 
ing Rev. and Mrs. Jones could talk with them." 

"That's a great idea!" answered Jose. "I'll go 
ask them now." He hurried out to find his friends. 

Mrs. Salvo went down the street to tell Rev. 
and Mrs. Jones about her idea. 

After she had told them Mrs. Jones said, "I'll go 
home with you to help you fix the food." 

"I'll go, too," said Jack, "and help Jose get the 
games ready." 

"I'll get our puppets and music," said Rev. 
Jones. "Then I'll come over too." 

The women and Jack went to the Salvo home. 

Mrs. Salvo and Mrs. Jones went to the kitchen. 
They got the things ready to make em panadas' 
and hot chocolate for the party. 

Jack went to the yard where Jose was planning 

"Who's coming?" he asked. 

"Carlos and Gonzales and Roberto," answered 
Jose. "Maria and Isabella are coming too. They 
will be here in about half an hour." 

"What shall we play?" Jose asked next. 

"Let's play tejo,"' suggested Jose. "I have some 
caps in the house." 

The boys worked quicldy burying the caps in 
a mound of dirt. When the children arrived a short 
time later everything was ready. 

"You pitch first," Jose told Maria. 

Her stone landed with a soft thud on the dirt. 

Isabella went next. Her stone hit a small cap 
and made a little bang. 

Each of the boys took a turn. As the children 
continued to play the air was filled with noise. 

Rev. Jones had been watching the children. As 
the game ended he said, "Well, Gonzales, you 
made the most noise. You are the winner." 

"Now, it's time to eat," said Mrs. Salvo. 

"Hurrah!" shouted tht children. 

"Oooh, look at the empanadas!" said Isabella. 

"They smell good," declared Carlos. 

As the children ate Rev. Jones introduced his 
puppet friends. They helped him tell the story 
of Jesus, God's Son. 

"Tell us more, please," asked the children when 
he had finished. 

"I'll tell you more tomorrow at our house," 
promised Rev. Jones. "Come at 10:00. Bring your 
parents and friends." 

"We'll be there," answered the children. "Thank 
you for the party, Mrs. Salvo, We'll see you to- 
morrow Jack and Jose!" 

Rev. and Mrs. Jones and Mrs. Salvo were smil- 
ing happily as the children left. But Jack and 
Jose turned somersaults in the grass and laughed 

1 See the November Signal Light's story 
for a description of empanadas. 

2 Pronounced TAY-hoe. See the October Sig- 
nal Light's story for a description of this game. 

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Rodger H. Geaslen 



What does the resurrection of our Lord Jesus 
Christ prove? The resurrection of Christ from 
among the dead is the assurance which the Father 
has given to all men of His perfect satisfaction 
with the sacrifice of Christ for our sins (Acts 

It proves the truthfulness of Christ's predic- 
tions. Again and again, in speaking to His dis- 
ciples about His death, He assured them that He 
would rise again. (Mark 8:31; 9:31; 10:34). 

It also proves that the apostles were speaking 
the truth when they testified of that resurrection. 
Not till after the resurrection did they fully under- 
stand what the Lord was talking about when He 
said He would rise again. But afterwards they 
risked their lives as they went from place to place 
preaching "Jesus and the resurrection" (Acts 

The resurrection of Jesus Christ proves that 
faith in Him is not in vain. It gives reality to the 
hope that the bodies of believers who die in the 
Lord shall also be resurrected. The body "is sown 
(buried) a natural body, it is raised a spiritual 
body." "And as we have borne the image of the 
earthly, we shall also bear the image of the 
heavenly" (1 Corinthians 15:44, 49). 

The literal, bodOy resurrection of the Lord 
Jesus Christ is a glorious part of the gospel of 
Christ. And that gospel is "the power of God unto 
salvation to everyone that believeth." 

The Lord made ten appearances to His own 
after His resurrection. The first was to Mary 
Magdalene at the sepulcher when He called her 
personally by name! 

The second appearance was to a group of 
women. They had come to the sepulcher and the 
angels had told them to go to the disciples and 
to Peter and tell them He was risen. WhUe they 

were on this errand, the Lord appeared unto 
them. They held Him by the feet and worshipped 

The third appearance was to Peter who had 
denied Him; and His loving care for Peter should 
be an encouragement to any backsliderl 

The fourth appearance was to Cleopas and his 
companion on their way to Emmaus. How touch- 
ing the story as the Lord drew near and caused 
their heart to bum! 

Then these two returned to Jerusalem and 
joined the eleven disciples to tell them the Lord 
had risen and as they spake, Jesus Himself stood 
in the midst of them and said: "Peace be unto 

A week later He made his sixth appearance. It 
was to Thomas whose devotion was won as he 
said: "My Lord and my (iod!" 

The seventh appearance was to the fishermen 
on the shores of Galilee where the Lord prepared 
food for them. 

But the eighth appearance was on a mountain 
in Galilee where Jesus had told them to meet 
Him. The news spread and there 500 brethren 
saw Him at once (Matthew 28:16, 1 Corinthians 

Then He appeared to the Apostle James (1 Cor- 
inthians 15:7). 

And lastly, the apostles beheld Him as he was 
taken up and a cloud received Him out of their 

• How much have all missed who have not allowed 
the Lord Jesus to appear to them! 

If we will receive Him by faith. He will show 
us the marks of the wounds which He suffered for 
us; and one day He will appear again in i>erson 
to take us to be with Him forever. His resurrection 
speUs victory for us. 

February 23, 1974 

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WHEATON, ILL. — "Workers Together with 

'God" is the theme of the 32nd Annual Convention 

" of the National Association of Evangelicals, 

scheduled for the Statler-Hilton Hotel in Boston, 

April 23-25. 

The strategic gathering of evangelical leaders 
from across the country marks the first time in 
NAE history that the annual convention has been 
held in New England. Representatives of some 
30,000 churches from 60 denominations, inde- 
pendent bodies and numerous evangelical organ- 
izations will meet in devotional, workshop and 
business sessions. 

Variations of the theme will be the focus of 
major addresses during the three-day convention. 
Speakers include Congressman John Anderson of 
Illinois; Dr. Myron F. Boyd, bishop of the Free 
Methodist Church and president of NAE; the Rev. 
John Huffman, pastor of the First Presbyterian 

Church, Pittsburgh, Pa.; the Rev. Gordon Mac- 
Donald, pastor of Grace Chapvel, Lexington, Mass.; 
Dr. Stephen Olford, minister-at-large of Encounter 
Ministries, Inc. ; Dr. Clyde W. Taylor, general 
director of NAE and international secretary of 
the World Evangelical Fellowship; and Dr. Warren 
Webster, director of the Conservative Baptist 
Foreign Missions Society. 

In seminar and workshop sessions, NAE's com- 
missions and affiliates will provide practical help 
from recognized authorities in the areas of evan- 
gelism, higher education, missions, church exten- 
sion, evangelical action, lawmen's work, social 
concern, radio and television, chaplaincy, world 
relief and Christian education. 

Sixty-five exhibitors from all phases of Chris- 
tian ministry and service will be on hand to give 
delegates a first-hand look at new materials and 







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A special report on NAE'S Leadership 
Briefing a+ the nation's capital 


WHEATON, 111.— If some 25 key governmental 
leaders in Washington, D.C. know anything about 
it, there's room for much encouragement, despite 
Watergate. This word was prevalent at the annual 
Washington Leadership Briefing, sponsored by the 
National Association of Evangelicals at the 
Capital, January 14-18. 

Most speakers, either in formal presentations 
or in response to questions, indicated that the 
vast majority of governmental leaders in Wash- 
ington were honest and hard working, doing the 
best they could to preserve basic integrity — in 
spite of the complexities of government service. 

Encouragement also comes from realizing that 
God is still in control, according to speakers at 
the week-long meeting. Charles Colson, one-time 
"tough guy" of the inner circle of Nixon aides, and 
a recent Christian convert, perhaps expressed it 
best. He told the group that his prayer for public 
officials is that they "would understand their own 
limitations and learn reliance upon God." He also 
indicated that having a spiritual perspective would 
probably have changed his view of what "the good 
of the people" was — from emphasis on the state 
to a recognition of the individual, as it is in God's 
kingdom. He expressed hope that out of the pain- 
ful experience of Watergate, "instead of putting 
our faith in a collection of humans, we in America 
should turn again and reaffirm our faith in God." 
Dr. Betsy Anker- Johnson, assistant secretary of 
Commerce for Science and Technology, said that 
God expects those He has placed in key leader- 
ship positions to be pioneers — to follow Him, 
rather than to look for patterns to follow." Head 
of nine agencies, including the U.S. Patent Office 
and National Bureau of Standards, she told of 

finding the reality of Christ as a student and of 
His leading in her career in dramatic ways. 

Time and again those attending the Briefing 
heard of the growing number of top governmental 
leaders and Congressmen meeting regularly in 
small groups for prayer and Bible study. Examples 
included the report of 16 generals and admirals 
meeting weekly at 6:30 a.m. in the Pentagon for 
this purpose — and a regular prayer breakfast at 
the White House. 

Other key evangelicals briefing the group on 
the inner workings of Federal government includ- 
ed: George D. Thomas, former HEW personnel 
director; Robert C. Andringa, minority staff direc- 
tor of the House Education and Labor Committee; 
John W. Brabner-Smith, dean of the International 
School of Law ; Under Secretary of Labor, Richard 
F. Schubert; Admiral Robert L. Baughan and 
John B. Johnson, and General Lawrence H. 
Williams of the Department of Defense; John C. 
Broger, director of information at the Pentagon; 
Calvin D. Linton, dean of Arts and Sciences, 
George Washington University; and Skylab pilot 
Jack R. Lousma. There was also a special briefing 
from Supreme Court Justice William H. Rehn- 
quist, and a panel presentation from three mem- 
bers of the Washington press corps. 

The annual briefing conference has been con- 
ducted for pastors, lay people and Christian or- 
ganizations for nearly 20 years by NAE's Office 
of Public Affairs in Washington, D.C. in an effort 
to provide practical insight into the complexities 
of government. The Rev. Gordon Bacon, NAEI 
national field director, said that this year's Brief- 1 
ing v/as indicative of "a new vitality of interest 
in the aspects of government affecting evan- 

February 23, 1974 

Page Seventeen 

gelicals." Dr. Clyde W. Taylor, NAE general direc- 
tor, and Floyd Robertson, executive assistant of 
the Public Affairs Office, plan and conduct the 
Washington Briefing each year. 
George Thomas, former personnel manager for 
the Secretary, HEW, listed the nature of the 
times as key to governmental problems: great 
expectations + oversimplified approaches + 
national priorities in conflict = frustration, 
factionalism and inevitable power struggle. "All 
government is not dishonest or corrupt. The 
problems come, not in areas of right vs. wrong, 
but right vs. right." He said a big need was for 
leaders who will lead and followers who will 
Robert C. Andringa, minority staff director. House 
Education and Labor Committee, sees as much 
envy, power struggle and fight for prestige in 
all elements of society as on Capitol HOI. He 
said this is not the time for evangelicals to be 
self-righteous. The Legislative Branch is handi- 
capped by lack of staff and resources and over- 
proliferation of committees. Only 19 of 1,000 
bills introduced in committee become law. 
Congress is dependent upon interest groups for 
their specific knowledge, and are open for input 
from evangelical groups. 
R. Burnett Thompson, administrative assistant for 
Congressman Whitehurst of Virginia, indicated 
a crying need for a relationship between evan- 
gelicals and their Congressmen that is differ- 
ent (not always critical and demanding, but 
caring, loving, and praying). Watergate teaches 
us that we can't live with a relative morality. 
He indicated that God's guarantee of success is 
not imprinted on any system, but rather that 
success is measured by the imprint of the Gosi)eI 
on that system. 
Jack R. Lousma, pilot of the Sky-lab 3 mission 
(59 days in space), said that the contrast be- 
tweeen the real and unreal in space is difficult 
to describe. He quoted extensively from Psalms 
on the Lord's "wisdom and understanding 
formed in earth and space," and described God 
as designer of both the solar system and the 
inner-space of the atom. He reported that NASA 
received four million letters in favor of the 
1968 reading of Genesis 1 in space vs. "about 
30" against. "To the degree we see God at work 
is that degree to which we let Him into our 
daily lives. He's always available and wants us 
to draw closer to Him." 
Charles W. Colson, 1969-1973 special counsel to the 
President, traced details leading to his conver- 
sion through the influence of a close friend and 
the "Ego" chapter of Mere Christianity by C. S. 
Lewis. He stated his certainty that the next six 
months will see the country divided over the 
impeachment issue, and sees a possible moral 
rebirth as people turn to God rather than man 
for solutions. "Governmental leaders are human, 
no different than anyone else . . . Americans 
want instant solutions and will be more and 
more frustrated by placing hope in men who 
are human, rather than God." If we cannot ask 
for divine leadership, we are "just one more 
group of people," he indicated. 
Col. Arthur G. Dewey, now at the Pentagon and 
former director of the Commission of White 

House Fellows, said that God is not dependent 
upon our designs, but asks that we learn self- 
denial; to step out of the picture to let Christ 
in; to avoid the "go along to get along" syn- 
drome; and the courage to step out of the main- 
stream by faith. He said that the new birth 
really works and is working in Washington. 

Lee Bandy, member of the Washington press 
corps representing South Carolina newspapers, 
stressed the important responsibility of the 
press corps to watch and report on votes and 
activities of Congressmen. "There is no place 
for advocacy journalism on the front pages — 
facts and figures should be provided for the 
reader to draw his own conclusions. ... At 
worst, the news media can be destructive," he 

Forrest Boyd, White House correspondent for the 
Mutual Broadcasting Company, admitted to 
problems of reporting by the press but said it 
has a responsibility to inform the public on what 
elected officials are doing. Concerning Water- 
gate, he said that members of the press were 
told lies and untruths for months, so they have 
a "certain right to remain skeptical." The media 
must be careful not to go too far, but stick to 
the truth. He related truth in reporting to "truth 
that makes us free." (NOTE: Speakers Bandy, 
Boyd and Bill Willoughby, religion editor of the 
Washington Star News, all agreed that the next 
few months would see strategic changes in the 
system of government and moral quality of 
leadership. ) 

John C. Broger, director of the Office of Informa- 
tion, Department of Defense, noted the current 
"opportunity" for reaching people where they 
are. He reported that 50-60 top Pentagon policy- 
makers met last year for dialogue with the Rev. 
Billy Graham. He informed the conference of 
a new program of radio spots and newspaper 
ads successfully being used through the Chap- 
laincy and Armed Services media to present the 
relevance of the Bible to modern life. 

Calvin D. Linton, dean of Arts and Sciences, 
George Washington University, spoke on the 
crises of meaning and the dehumanizing of 
language. He said the government's "authorized 
prefabricated wordstrip" becomes a defense 
against futility. Erosion in writing begins when 
there ceases to be that "anguished search for 
the right word." Non-wnriting occurs under the 
pressure to write, whether or not there is any- 
thing to say. By crippling language, we cripple 
action, he said. 

John Bradner-Smith, dean of the International 
School of Law in Washington, spoke on the 
evolution of law from law based upon biblical 
morality and God to law based upon man (com- 
mon morality) to law based upon the state. 
He urged a return to genuine jurisprudence 
(God's law as the basis of law). Historically, he 
pointed out, the great teachers of jurisprudence 
were theologians. He sees a renewed call for a 
"shared morality" in opposition to the current 
scene of no fixed standard of morality. The 
original purpose of law was to carry out God's 
law, he asserted. Now, in the philosophy of "all 
men created equal," there is too much emphasis 
on "equal" and not enough on "created." 

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I'm really surprised that I have not written to 
you before on one of my favorite subjects. 
MUSIC ! ! That word has so many meanings and 
so many divisions. Each time that you say it you 
may be thinliing of different types or styles. 

Have you ever explored into some of the differ- 
ent kinds of music? Why not take a meeting and 
become music detectives? First you could assign 
each girl to bring along a record or sheet music 
or the words to a song from a specific area to the 
meeting. For example, one girl could bring an 
example of rock, another of classical, another of 
a ballad or gospel, or contemporary religious or 
a hymn etc. Then have her sing it or play it or 
read it or whatever she wishes as long as the 

by Sherry Barnhart 

rest of the girls hear it. After each girl presents 
her piece, have the group discuss it. Find out- 
she likes it, what it says to her and the rest oi 
the girls, if they like it, what type of music it 
is, who does it speak to, was it written for 
specific purpose, how you could use it in the 
church, and other questions. 

Think about if your group or your church is 
in a rut musically. Do you hear the same type 
of music every Sunday or every Sisterhood meet 
ing? Do you always sing the same choruses? Ex- 
periment and look around for some new kinds of 
music. Ask at a church bookstore or ask your 
choir director or pianist to help you to find some 
new kinds of music. Try some different kinds 
Kick the Habit. Have fun making music. 

It's the time of year again for thinking about 
where you Seniors are going to school next year. 
If you are considering Ashland College, I would 
like to give you some information that could 
prove important. The National Sisterhood Organ- 
ization offers a scholarship to one Sisterhood girl 
who will be attending Ashland College in the fall 
of 1974. To find out more information fill in this 
blank and mail it to me. 





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February 23, 1974 

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Elton Whitted 

Myron Kem 

ASHLAND, Ohio — Elton Whitted, Technical 
Manager, Rubber Products of The Faultless 
Rubber Company, has been elected chairman of 
the Ashland College Board of Tmstees at the 
board meeting on the campus this week. 

Whitted succeeds Myron Kem of Dayton who 
served as head of the 54 member group for 27 

At its reorganizational meeting the board 
changed the title of its leader from president to 
chairman and created the post of President 
Emeritus to which Kem was named. Kem, an 
alumnus of Ashland College whose father George 
served the board from 1927 to 1943, was cited for 
his leadership since his election to his father's 
position in 1943. The father-son team represents 
47 years of continuous service. 

Other newly elected officers are Thomas Stoffer 
of Canton, vice president; Stephen Gilbert of 
Toledo, secretary; and Rev. Paul Steiner of Lan- 
ark, 111., assistant secretary. 

Gilbert replaces Harvey Amstutz of Smithville 
who has served as secretary of the board for 36 
continuous years. He will remain a member of 
the board. 

Eighteen members were elected to three-year 
terms on the board. 

New members for the first time are Rev. James 
R. Black of Milledgeville, ID., Dr. Alois F. Dvorak 
of Columbus, Robert Kropf of Goshen, Ind. and 
Alan Schmiedt of Manteca, Cal. These members 
will attend their first board meeting in August. 

Members-at-large elected to the board in August 
who attended their first meeting this week were 
Lou Groza and James Preston of Cleveland. 

The new board chairman was graduated from 
Ashland College in 1936 and was the recipient of 
the Outstanding Alumni Award in 1966. He has 
represented the Ohio District on the board since 
1955 and was named to the executive committee 
in 1972. 

Whitted, who lives at 15 Lauretta Ave., was 
married to Margery Burns, who died in April 
1973. They are the parents of three daughters. 

Mr. Whitted is also currently serving as Vice 
President of The Brethren Publishing Company; 
Trustee of the Ohio District for The National 
Laymen's Organization and editor of The Brethren 
Layman section of THE BRETHREN EVAN- 

He holds membership in The First Brethren 
Church (Park Street) in Ashland, Ohio and serves 
on the Deacon Board and as chairman of the 
Finance Committee. 

^February 23, 1974 

Page Twenty-one 

ASHLAND, Ohio — At the January meeting of 
[the Ashland College Board of Trustees this week 
fee increases were approved in college board 
rates, housing rates for the college and theological 
seminary and tuition fees for the seminary. 
President Glenn L. Clayton reported. 

The increases take into account the rising costs 
of food and housing, according to the president, 
who anticipates that the housing operation will 
pay for itself. 

Other increases become necessary with the 
rising costs of services. 

'Rising costs are now at a point where we ought 
to make various functions of the school as nearly 
self-supporting as possible and the educational 
function cost per student should be kept at a 
minimum," the president said. 

"I am confident that by making certain budge- 
tary adjustments, we can hold tuition costs at 

the same figure. Tuition would not be as sus- 
ceptible to inflationary trends as, for instance, the 
food bill would be. 

"With a stationary or declining student body 
enrollment, I have a feeling that we will be able 
to adjust personnel enough that we will be able 
to offer other services we want to offer without 
an increase in tuition," Dr. Clayton said. 

He pointed out that the budget continues to be 
an important item. The 1973-74 budget seems to 
be in balance but this will depend upon $500,000 
in contributions — an amount equal to that raised 
in 1972-73. Contributions are being received at 
about the same rate as last year, he said. 

The 1974-75 budget is still under study, the 
president reported. 

Dr. Joseph Shultz, vice president for the sem- 
inary, presented an encouraging report to the 
board of expanded seminary enrollment. 

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VYLoderators 'Manna 



Please check only one choice for each question. 
Choose the one that best suggests your attitude 
and belief. Thank You. 

Moderator Paul Steiner 

1. The Brethren Church is talking about 
A. Their problems. 

B. Their power. 

C. Their pocketbook. 

2. The Brethren pastors are talking about 
A. Their problems. 

B. Their power. 

C. Their pocketbook. 

3. The successful pastors you know are 
A. Lazy 

B. Work beyond their limit. 

C. Work to capacity. 

4. The dying Churches are 
A. Without a pastor. 

B. Striving among themselves. 

C. Not willing to step out with the bold- 
ness of Christ. 

5. Your Church pays 

A. Too little salary. 

B. Too much salary. 

C. Adequate salary. 

6. Local Churches are 

A. Willing to share with others. 

B. Keep to themselves. 

C. Encourage a loving-free spirit among 

the Brotherhood. 

7. Local Churches 

A. Feel a part of the District. 

B. Act as if the District does not exist. 

C. Encourage District unity and activity. 

8. District Conferences 

A. Feel a part of the Denomination. 

B. Act on their own wishes. 

C. Feel neglected by the Denomination. 

D. Encourage communication between 

the local Church and General Con- 
ference. ■ 

9. Your Church believes I 

A. Ashland controls the Church. • 

B. They are small and of little value 

to the Greater Church. 

C. The General Conference does listen 

and speak to their needs. 

10. Concerning General Conference: Would you 

A. To have General Conference in anoth- 
er city, state or District each year. 

B. To hold General Conference in Ash- 
land annually and every two or three 
years have a Spiritual Impact Con- 
ference (3 or 4 days with no business) 
in one of the larger Churches or 
Conference Center. 

C. Have General Conference in Ashland 

for three years then on the fourth 
have a Spiritual Impact Conference 
by invitation of Districts. 

11. Is Adult Christian Education in the Local 

A. Dying. 

B. Exploring new topics. 

C. Remaining wath Brethren Interna- 
tional lessons. 
D. Content to be left alone and as is. 

12. General Conference should spend more time 
A. In longer business sessions. 

B. In mixing up the program. 

C. In shorter business sessions. 

D. In small groups. 

13. General Conference should 

A. Be shortened to Tuesday to Friday 


B. Begin on Sunday and conclude on 


C. Continue as being planned by Execu- 
tive Committee. 

D. Other . 

14. What is the most exciting event in your i 

A. Sunday Church School. 

B. Sunday Morning Worship. 

C. Bible Study. 

D. Youth Meetings. 

E. Sunday Evening Worship. 

February 23, 1974 

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15. What group is neglected in your Church 
A. Children. 

B. Youth (Specify: ___ Jr. High High 

School College Age). 

C. Young married couples. 

D. Middle age people. 

E. Golden agers. 

16. This attitude is of prime concern for the 
Brethren Church 

A. Follow the records of historical 

B. Follow the teachings of Alexander 

C. Follow the teachings of the Holy 


17. The Brethren Church believes that 

A. Biblical doctrines are a set pattern 

and can never be changed. 
B. Biblical doctrines are open to new 

discoveries as they are tested through 

C. Biblical doctrines are complete in the 

writings of C. F. Yoder's "God's 

Means of Grace." 

18. The Brethren believe the Holy Scriptures are 
A. God's inspired word. 

B. Man's writings of God's plan. 

C. A master piece of good literature. 

19. The Brethren Church believes of prime con- 
sideration is the thought that 

A. Alexander Mack established the true 

Church in 1708. 
B. Jesus Christ established the true 

C. The Apostle Peter established the 

true Church. 

20. The Brethren Church believes that 

A. The Revised Standard Version is the 

most accurate text. 
B. The King James is the official version 

of the Brethren Church. 
C. All versions can be studied in the 

light of the Hebrew and Greek texts. 
D. The New Living Bible is the most 

accurate text available. 

21. Your Brethren Congregation believes that 
A. Pastors should move every lour 

B. Pastors should never move unless 

asked by their Church. 
C. Pastors should seek to move only 

when called by God. 
D. Pastors should seek the bigger and 

better Churches. 

22. The Brethren Church believes that 

A. Congregations should not be larger 

than three hundred members. 
B. Congregations should never grow 

large enough to employ two full-time 

C. Congregations should remain small 

to retain purity. 
D. Congregations should avoid openness 

because it brings about doctrinal 


23. The Brethren Church is 

A. Growing spiritually each year. 

B. Slowly dying because there is a lack 

of lay commitment. 

C. Progressing and will soon blossom. 

D. There is no hope of growth. 

24. The Brethren Church is 

A. Adequately preparing sufficient men 

for the Brethren ministry. 

B. In need of more concern from laity 

to encourage qualified men for the 
Brethren ministry. 

C. In need of Pastors who will foster a 

desirable spirit and to encourage 
young men for the ministry. 

25. The Brethren Church is 

A. Adequately involved in world mission. 

B. Poorly represented around the world. 

C. Slow to open new mission fields be- 
cause of the lack of financial support. 

D. Slow to open new mission fields be- 
cause we lack vision and men, 

26. The Brethren Church needs 

A. More Home Mission Churches. 

B. Less Home Mission Churches. 

C. To Study more carefully before they 

begin a new Home Mission venture. 

27. The Brethren Church should 

A. Leave Home Mission Churches to the 

leadership of the District Conference. 
B. Have the approval and support of the 

National Mission Board before the 

work can begin. 
C. Have less Home Mission Churches, 

but give greater suppwrt to get them 

out of debt and to call God's man and 

meet his financial needs. 
D. Establish new Churches, call God's 

man, and pay the bill. 

28. The Brethren Church should 

A. Explore the possibility of merging 

with kindred Denominations. 

B. Under no circumstances consider 

merging with another Denomination. 

C. Explore the possibility of working and 

sharing in ventures of faith. 

29. I am 

A. Satisfied with Ashland College and 

Ashland Theological Seminary. 

B. Satisfied writh Ashland College but 

not satisfied with Ashland Theological 

C. Satisfied wdth Ashland Theological 

Seminary but not satisfied with 
Ashland College. 

D. Not satisfied wdth either Ashland 

College or Ashlcind Theological Sem- 

(Question 30 is optional to all who wish to 
share vwth the the 1974 Moderator.) 

30. I want to make this personal expression re- 
garding the Brethren Church as I see it. 
(Please limit your expression to no more 
than one page for the purpose of this survey. 
Thank you.) 

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^^^ NEWS 


One of the annual "special days" at the Wayne 
Heights Brethren Church is "Awards Day" in the 
Sunday School. On this day recognition is given 
to those Sunday School members who have met 
the attendance requirements for the past year. On 
Sunday morning, January 20th, Awards Day was 
held during the Sunday School hour, with Brother 
John Schlegel, superintendent, in charge. The 
Wayne Heights Sunday School presents pins and 
bars to those pupils who, during the past year, 
have been present at least fifty Sundays out of 
the year. Also, to those pupils who have been 
present every Sunday of the year, either a first 
year Robert Raikes Certificate is presented, or a 
seal to be attached to the certificate is given to 
the individual. The accompanying photo shows 
the group who were honored at the Awards Day 
Service recently. Back Row: Jack Warren 3 year 
pin and Certificate; John Schildt 17 year pin and 
3rd year seal; John Schlegel 9 year pin and 2nd 
year seal; Rennert Stevens 1 year pin. Second 
Row: Patricia Barnes 1 year pin and Certificate; 
Lorinda Schildt 3 year pin; Judy Stevens 5 year 
pin and Certificate; Third Row: Mary Laughlin 
15 year pin and second year seal; Janet Anderson 
3 year pin and Certificate; Delores Kline 2 year 
pin and 2nd year seal; Maiy Ellen Bates 10 year 
pin and 3rd year- seal; Samuel Anderson 9 year 
pin and Certificate; Mickey Sachs 11th year pin; 
Fourth Row: Lena Hammond 1 year pin; Kimberly 
Kline 2 year pin and 2nd year seal; Vera Laughlin 
1 year pin and Certificate; Jay Stevens 3 year 
pin; Mike Stevens 3 year pin and Certificate; 
Grace Pfoutz 5 year pin and Certificate. Front 
Row: Pam Kline 2 year pin and 2nd year seal; 
Billy Barnes 1 year pin and Certificate; Beverly 
Kline 1 year pin and Certificate; Shelly Kline 2 
year pin and 2nd year seal. 

One of the highlights of the presentation of 
attendance awards was a "famUy affair." Receiv- 
ing either certificates or seals for not missing a 
single Sunday for either one or two years were 
Mrs. Delores Kline, her five daughters, Patricia 
Barnes, Kimberly, Pam, Beverly and Shelley, and_ 
her grandson Billy Barnes. 

Another, and unexpected, award was made by 
Brother Schlegel to Miss Vera Laughlin. The 
Sunday School recognized Sister Laughlin fori 
her many years of teaching in the Brethren 
Church — approximately fifty-two ! On behalf of the 
Sunday School Sister Laughlin was presented a 
beautiful book of devotional poems, writings, and 
other inspiring thoughts. 

It is hoped that at Awards Sunday in 1975 that i 
all of these, plus others, will be back at the front ( 
of the sanctuary to receive honors for their faith- 
fulness throughout 1974. 

Pastor Henry Bates 


Approximately a little over three years ago a;; 
project to see if a church might be established t 
in an area on the north side of the San Francisco i 
Bay was undertaken. This project was spear- 
headed by Rev. Milton Robinson and begun im 
the city of Vallejo, California, a city with a popu-i 
lation of about 75,000. 

Acting on a recommendation of the Northern' 
California District Mission Board Rev. Robinson- 
began this work in his home. Every home in thei 
neighborhood was visited with the three California 

February 23, 1974 

Pagre Twenty-five 

Churches assisting in this effort through the co- 
operation of forty-eight members of these 

The attendance at the first announced service 
was not very encouraging but after receiving in- 
formation about a community building being 
available to hold services in the attendance in- 
creased gradually. 

In addition to the initial support given by the 
three churches in the California district in pro- 
viding personnel to canvas the neighborhood, the 
three churches provided chairs for the Sunday 
School; a pulpit supplied by the Lathrop Church 
and a piano and mimeograph machine loaned by 
Rev. Buck Garrett, pastor of the Lathrop Church. 
A Women's Missionary Society group is in the 
planning stage of organization by Mrs. Robinson 
I which will be most helpful in providing an out- 
i reach to acquaint many people in the area with 
I the Brethren Church and its teachings. 

Rev. Robinson's daughter, Kay has been instru- 
mental in getting some teen-agers interested in the 
work and in attending services. This has been a 
real blessing as it resulted in having a choir 

A radio broadcast entitled, THE BRETHREN 
HOUR has been started by Rev. Robinson. Hope- 
fully this radio ministry wUl provide another 
avenue of outreach for the work in Vallejo. 

Thus far, this group has been able to obtain 
their own Sunday School material; purchase a 
piano enabling them to be able to return the one 
loaned to them and finance their radio program. 

Praise the Lord for His blessings and guidance 
in this new work of the Brethren. Prayer support 
is asked of the entire membership of the Brother- 

(This report is taken from a newsletter from 
Rev. Milton Robinson.) 


Rev. George Solomon, former General Confer- 
ence Moderator and presently Chairman of the 
Central Council and Pastor of our home mission 
Brethren Church in Derby, Kansas, was the evan- 
gelist for a "Wonderful Words of Life" campaign 
at the Sarasota First Brethren Church January 

The spiritual results of the meeting were five 
first time confessions and three rededications. 
Over 50 young people attended a "Sharing" and 
"Rap" session in the Educational Building during 
a Friday night "coke" fellowship. The evangelist 
was also guest speaker at the Meadowood Chris- 
tian Academy and to the Women's Prayer 
"Coffee" at the church. He also attended a J-O-Y 
Class meeting at which their new teacher Mr. 
John Crawford was installed. During the meeting, 
each night was designated as a special night for 
attendance. Sunday School Classes: Homebuilders, 
J-O-Y, and Fellowship were attendance committees 
on their nights; and a featured "Family Night" 
as well as a "Youth Night" were highUghted dur- 
ing the six day revival. . . . 

Gospel singmg was an exciting part of the 
service with Rev. Jim Lamard, song leader and 
Sarasota Youth for Christ Director and Mrs. Jim 
Lamard, Pianist. Special music by the Lamards 
was provided each evening. Other special music 
included the Chancel Choir under the direction 
of Mrs. J. D. Hamel, the Eternity Singers under 
the direction of Mrs. Eugene Robbins, the Jet 
Cadets with Kathy Gray, vocal solos by Mrs. 
Nelson Yoder and Kathy Gray, flute solo by 
Janet Hamel, and a Men's Quartet — Russ Yoder, 
Nelson Yoder, Russell Robbins, and John Hamel. 
Organists were Curtis Stauffer and Debbie 

A lovely prayer chapel was provided by the 
Deacon Board in the cottage under the direction 
of Chairman of the Board Mr. Walter Davis. 

Ministerial guests during the services were Rev. 
Fred Vanator, Rev. Clarence Stewart, Rev. Phil 

Lersch, Rev. Russell Gordon, Evangelist Rev. Bill 
Ross, Rev. Jim Larnard, and Missionary Board 
President Rev. Woodrow Immel. 

The highest attendance of 508 was at the morn- 
ing worship service; with an average of 197 for 
the seven services. Splendid attendance, excellent 
interest, enthusiastic spiritual singing, and prayer- 
ful support by the Brethren were outstanding in 
every service. 

At each service Evangelist Solomon fascinated 
the children with his Children's Stories and wall 
especially be remembered for many years to come 
for his portrayal of the "Tator family." 

The week before our meeting Pastor Hamel was 
the chairman for a community David WUkerson 
Youth Crusade where over 10,000 people attended 
a three day campaign in the Robarts Arena in 
Sarasota and over 900 made decisions at the altar. 

The Sunday following the evangelistic services 
with Rev. Solomon, sixteen new members were 
baptized by triune immersion and received into 
the membership of Sarasota First Brethren by the 
laying on of hands and the right hand of fellow- 
ship. Rev. Russell Gordon baptized three new 
members into the Bradenton Brethren Church on 
the same day. Rev. Gordon was installed as the 
pastor of the Bradenton Brethren Church Sunday 
morning January 20, 1974. Rev. Clarence Stewart, 
pastor emeritus of the Sarasota First Brethren 
Church and the Nappanee Brethren Church, and 
a life member of the Missionary Board of the 
Brethren Church, presided at the service. 

What a time for Revival. Truly we are living 
in the last days. In the words of Chas. G. Finney, 
"A revival is neither a miracle nor an accident. 
It is the inevitable result of God's people meeting 
God's conditions." These are great days for Re- 
vival and every Brethren Church is urged to make 
these days of "aggressive evangelism" for Souls!" 
People today are willing to listen! Thcink God for 
Revival ! 

— Sarasota, Florida First Brethren Church 

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Mr. Robert Rorobaugh, 78, passed away Decem- 
ber 17, 1973. He was preceded in death by his wife 
Mary Jane Mackall Rorabaugh and four sisters. 
Survived by these sisters and brothers; Grace 
Evans, Ebensburg, Lorena Brendle, Johnstown; 
Harry, Mundys Comer; Daniel, Vinco; and 
Samuel, Portage. Active member of Vinco 
Brethren Church where services were conducted 
by Pastor Rev. C. William Cole. Interment Forest 
Lawn Cemetery. 


Mrs. Lucy Mackall, 87, went to be with her 
Lord, June 24, 1973. She was a member of Vinco 
Brethren Church, of which she was Senior Dea- 
coness. She is survived by her husband, Walter 
S. Mackall, one daughter, Mrs. Carl Smith, and 
one son, Chester; both of Vinco. Death breaks a 
marriage of 70 years as of Dec. 19, 1972. Funeral 
services were held from Vinco Brethren Church 
with Rev. C. William Cole and Rev. Henry Bates 
officiating. Interment in Wesley Chapel Cemetery. 


Mr. Sherman E. Mackall, 77, Johnstown, Penn 
sylvania, passed away June 29, 1973. He is sur 
vived by his widow, Grace; three sisters, Mrs 
Hurley Rose, Mrs. Earl Miller, and Mrs. Danie' 
Rorabaugh, eJI of Vinco. Mr. Mackall was a mem 
ber of Vinco Brethren Church where services 
were conducted by Pastor Rev. C. William Cole. 
Interment Grandview Cemetery. 


Mr. Ira Joe Good, 63, passed away January 5, 
1973. Preceded in death by wdfe Elizabeth Buckus 
Good and two sisters. Survived by son, J. Larry, 
Long Beach; daughter, Mrs. Wilma June Sickles 
at home. He was a brother of Earl John, Mrs. 
Elsie Ressler, Mrs. Pearl Amigh, Mrs. Mary 
Vamer, Mrs. Lucy Hagerich, Jesse Lane, all of 
Conemaugh. Member of Vinco Brethren Church 
where services were conducted by Pastor Rev. 
C. WilUam Cole. Interment in Headrick Cemetery. 


Mr. Ralph Hagerich, 72, passed away November 
10, 1973. He is survived by his wddow Ethel; and 
these children, Robert of Conemaugh, Mrs. Robert i 
Moore, Vinco; Mrs. Richard Hunt, Niles, Ohio; 
Mrs. Harold Gillespie, Vinco; Mrs. Guy Baker, 
Vinco; Paul, Vinco; Mrs. Jack Leckey, Cone- 
maugh; David, Vinco; Glenn, Conemaugh; Mrs. 
Vernon Crouse, Royersford; Rodney, Vinco; and 
Larry, DuncansvLUe. Married 51 years in October. 
Member of Vinco Brethren Church where services 
were conducted by Pastor Rev. C. William Cole. 
Interment Benshoff Hill Cemetery. 


It is not ours to question, the vwsdom of our Lord. 
We should only wonder at, the blessings He 

The reason for His blessings are, the Love He 

has for me. He doesn't mean for us to die — 

He died on Calvary. 
When we begin to question God, our faith begins 

to waver, it makes us wonder about life, or if 

we'll live forever? 
My friend when things look darkest, don't give up 

in despair, lift your eyes to Jesus, He is 

always there. 
When we lose a loved one, and we have much 

pain, let us think of the words of Paul — 

to live is Christ but to die is gain. 
God gets lonesome too. He reaches down, 

sometimes its me, sometimes its you. So 

don't question the wisdom of the Lord, my 

friend, this is not the End. 

Written by Jacob S. Mackall 

ebniary 23, 1974 

March 1, 1974 


a time when 

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gather together 

to pray 

"Loved, We Will Love," 

a Bible-centered worship 

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National Association of 

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Page Twenty-seven 

were neighbors, but they were not like you and 
me. They were odd people and most difficult to 
understand. The way they lived was a shame. All 
four belonged to the same church, but you would 
not have enjoyed worshiping with them. EVERY- 
BODY went fishing on Sunday or stayed home 
to visit with friends. ANYBODY wanted to wor- 
ship, but was afraid SOMEBODY wouldn't speak 
to him. So guess who went to church — uh-huh 
NOBODY. Really NOBODY was the only decent 
one of the four. NOBODY did the visitation. 
NOBODY worked on the church building. Once 
they needed a Sunday School teacher. EVERY- 
BODY thought ANYBODY would do it, and ANY- 
BODY thought SOMEBODY would do it. And you 
know who did it? That is exactly right . . . NO- 
BODY. It happened that the fifth neighbor (an 
unbeliever! moved into the neighborhood EVERY- 
BODY thought SOMEBODY should try to wan 
him for Christ. ANYBODY could have made the 
effort. You probably know who finally won him, 

from First Brethren Church Neivsletter 
Waterloo, loiva 

Research points out that from the time our re- 
public was founded until the years around the 
middle of World War II the spending of the govern- 
ment totaled approximately $300 Billion. 

A recent newscast revealed that the budget for 
the present United States for the next fiscal year 
calls for the spending of $300 BilUon for this one 

Can you spare 80 for a stamp to tell your repre- 
sentative in Congress how you feel about such a 
situation? You should if this doesn't make cents 
to you. 

Page Twenty-eig-ht 

The Brethren EvangeliS 

World Religious News 

in Review 


NEW YORK (EP) — A recent survey indicates 
that 1.6 billion people in 64 nations and nine de- 
pendencies live under political regimes that sup- 
press their civil rights. 

The study, published by Freedom House here, 
is titled: "Comparative Study of Freedom." Free- 
dom, the survey showed, is still a major need 
and a problem in today's world. 


AIKEN, S.C. (EP) — Louis Cassels, religion 
columnist lor United Press International and 
author of several books on religion and ethics, died 
of a heart attaclt at his home here at the age of 

His last work. Coon tail Lagoon: A Celebration 
of Life, will be published by Westminster Press 
in April. It is a book of reflections about his love 
of nature and his marriage, and he described it 
as "the most religious book I have ever written." 

An Episcopalian, Mr. Cassels enrolled at Duke 
University, a United Methodist school, wdth the 
aim of studying for the ministry. After he began 
writing for the student newspaper, he decided 
to make journalism his career. 

Mr. Cassels was a critic of what he considered 
to be an excessive institutional concern on the 
part of religious public relations writers. Mr. 
Cassels is survived by his wife, Charlotte. 


DALLAS (EP)^The former "Minister of Sun- 
set Strip," Arthur Blessitt, claimed here that 
"street Christians" in the U.S. have retreated 
from their crisis ministry. 

"They are writing books and playing concerts 
that cost $5 to attend," he lamented during a visit 

The tall, beai'ded evangelist who rose to prom- 
inence when he began walking a 12-foot cross 
around the world, reminded fellow Jesus follow- 
ers that "prostitutes are roaming the streets . . . 
without Bibles. . . . Crime is rampant and no one 
is in back alleys offering new life and salvation 
through Jesus Christ." 

Blessitt's cry was echoed in Washington, D.C., 
by Edward Plowman, news editor of Christianity 
Today. Plowman, a former minister in San Fran- 
cisco, lamented the emphasis on high royalties 
by many who got their start witnessing to fellow 
dropouts and who, in his opinion, should not 
abandon their first calling to reach those in great- 
est need. 


CALCUTTA (EP) — Gideons International 
India, a branch of the American Bible-distributing 
association, has launched a program to distribute 
1,850,000 Christian Bibles throughout this pre- 
dominantly Hindu country in 1974. 

Announcement of the ambitious program was 
made here at the fourth annual convention of the 
Indian organization in January. 

An association of Christian business and pro- 
fessional men, Gideons International, with world 
headquarters in Nashville, Tennessee, has branch- 
es in 97 countries around the world. 

The organization has distributed more than 
130 million Bibles and New Testaments in 40 
languages, to hotels, motels, hospitals and penal 1 
institutions throughout the world. 

The Gideons hope to distribute 15 million Bibles, 
world-wide in 1974. 


ANNAPOLIS, Md. (EP)— The Maryland House f 
of Delegates gave final approval here and sent I 
on to the Senate a bill that would allow pupils • 
or teachers to recite the Ten Commandments 
daily in the state's public schools. 

The vote was 104 to 8. There was no discussion. 
Preliminary approval had been given earlier in 

If the State Senate concurs, the measure would i: 
extend state provisions which permit private* 
meditation and Scripture reading in public pri- i 
mary and secondary schools. 




TUCSON, Ariz. (EP)— The Arizona Board oFil 
Regents has changed its mind and will allow* 
Evangelist Billy Graham to hold his May 1974 i' 
crusade in Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, hornet 
of the Arizona State University's football team, i 

Dr. Paul Singer, a regent, had objected because ( 
he said the state's constitution bars state funds i 
or property from being used for religious exer- : 
cises or instruction. 

However, in April 1964, a Billy Graham Crusade ( 
drew 105,000 persons during a three-day meetings 
in the same Sun Devil Stadium. Use of the facility j 
was not then questioned. A board spokesman ex-; 
plained that the vocal and legal aggressiveness ' 
of agnostics, atheists and far-left and right poll-i 
tical groups during the past 10 years has forced ( 
the regents to look more closely at the uses of 
the stadium. 

The crusade will go on as scheduled, May 5-12. 
this year. 


ebruary 23, 1974 


MIAMI CEP) — Arthur Blessitt has a reputation 
of being a "hippie evangelist," but he doesn't 
always emphasize the same things when he 

The bearded native of Louisianna, who has be- 
come world famous for carrying a 12-foot cross 
on his travels, described some of his experiences 
while speaking at several rallies in the Miami 

"In Ireland," he said, "I was trying to focus 
their attention on the Christ of the cross, Who 
told us to love one another. The people are relig- 
ious, but Christ is not relevant to them. 

'In Spain, I wanted them to see that I was not 
carrying the cross in penance, but in the joy of 
the Lord, because Jesus is alive and we can know 
jHim. They know about Jesus, but don't know 
how to know Him personally. 

"In black Africa, I've been trying to show a 
picture of how Jesus died for our sins so that we 
can know God in our daily lives. They all beUeve 
in God, but don't know how to have peace with 

"And in Morocco I emphasized that Jesus died 
for us as a sacrifice for sin, because the Arabs 
don't believe He died, but that He ascended to 
heaven before death." 

The 33-year-old Southern Baptist said he would 
like to see Americans become as "people-con- 
scious" as he has found Africans to be. 

"They are friendly and take strangers into 
their modest homes and give them the very best 
that they have," he reported. "Material things 
don't get in their way." 


MONROVIA, CaUf. (EP)— The number of Prot- 
estant missionary workers worldwide now stands 
between 50,000 and 55,000, according to the Mis- 
sions Advanced Research and Communication 
Center (MARC). 

The agency's Mission Handbook: North Ameri- 
can Protestant Ministries Overseas, just released, 
shows that of this number, 35,070 originate from 
North America. This means that between 65 and 
70 per cent of the missionary personnel come from 
North America and serve in other areas of the 

Of the non-North American missionaries, some 
3,000 now originate from "Third World" (Africa, 
Asia, Latin America) countries. 

The listing of the top ten this year shows sub- 
stantial changes from the 1970 directory. Youth 
with a Mission appears for the first time. Short- 
term missionaries are included in the calculation. 
Youth with a Mission has 896 short-term mission- 
aries out of its listing of 1,009. 

The editors of the Handbook estimate that $393 
million was spent in the operation of the missions 
programs of the North American agencies. 

The countries receiving the largest numbers of 
North American missionaries are: Brazil, Japan, 
Mexico, India, and the PhiUpptnes. 

Page Twenty-nine 


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (EP)— Dr. Joseph H. 
Jackson, president of the black National Baptist 
Convention, U.S.A., Inc., told the denomination's 
board of directors here that he opposes impeach- 
ment proceedings against President Nixon now 
because it would lead to further division of the 
country and weaken or destroy its leadership in 
world peace. 

Dr. Jackson, president of the convention for 
21 years, said he believed impeachment "cannot 
now be justly performed in the case before us." 

"The Watergate hearings," said Dr. Jackson, 
"have not produced any body of evidence that 
proves the President absolutely guilty without 
a reasonable doubt. Also, President Nixon's term 
will expire in three years." 

He said he doubted that this generation wanted 
to be the first to send an occupant from the White 
House by any means other than a vote of the 

Dr. Jackson said the structure of the nation 
is based on coordination and harmony between 
the executive, legislative and judicial branches 
and that "we need this type of unity and fellow- 
ship more than we need the growing and running 
battles between our tliree branches of govern- 
ment, all of which branches are essential to the 
unity and strength of the nation. . . ." 

The churchman said he thought Congress should 
place the energy crisis first on its agenda, "be- 
cause it is resulting in increased unemployment, 
lowering of the standard of living and making 
the nation's dependence on other nations more 


NEW YORK (EP)— A historic change in the 
Roman Catholic Church's ritual for penance 
allows for either retaining or eliminating the 
darkened confessional booth. 

The changes call for freer, less formalized con- 
versation between priest and penitent, along vrith 
use of Scripture and spontaneous prayer, in addi- 
tion to moving out of the old "box" and taking 
away the screen between priest and confessor. 

The new rites were issued by the Vatican's Con- 
gregation for Divine Worship as its final phase 
in current liturgical reform. It comes at a time 
when Catholic confessionals are decreasing. 


LINCOLN, Nebr. (EPJ — Special programs by 
the Back to the Bible Broadcast will be aired April 
29 - May 4 commemorating the 35th anniversary 
May 1 of this global radio outreach. 

Dr. Theodore H. Epp, under whose direction 
the organization operates, founded the Good 
News Broadcasting Association in 1939 here. 

The program has grown from one 15-minute 
program on a local Lincoln station to 3,600 re- 
leases weekly in English. It is heard on more 
than 550 radio stations around the world. 

Page Thirty 

The Brethren Evangelist 


Sometimes one pays the most for the things 
one gets for nothing. — Albert Einstein 

A sure way to develop more wisdom teeth is 
to bite off more than you can chew. 

Every man has three characters — that which 
he exhibits, that which he has, and that which 
he tiiinks he has. — Alphonse Karr 

I don't like these cold, precise, perfect people, 
who, in order not to speak virrong, never speak 
at all, and in order not to do wrong, never do 
anything. — Henry Ward Beecher 

It has been suggested that j>erhaps there is 
nothing on the market that will improve a per- 
son's hearing as well as praise. 

Make the most of yourself, for that is all there 
is of you. — Ralph Waldo Emerson 

The phrase, "Opened by mistake" could apply 
to mouths more often than to mail. 

It is not enough to be busy; so are the ants. 
The question is: what are we busy about? 
— Henry David Thoreau 

It's remarkable how courtesy can be so con- 
tagious in view of the fact that there is so little 
of it to begin with. 


A political pot never boils anymore. The apple- 
sauce is just heated over and over again. 

No wonder they put the name "Federal Income 
Tax" on the cover page of the forms. The first 
letters of each word spell FIT. 

This reminds us of the fellow who sent 25^ to 
the Internal Revenue Bureau wdth a note saying 
that it was his understanding that he could pay 
his taxes by the quarter. 

Many a man has come out of his shell when 
his wife has egged him on. 

Remember "Buck Rogers?" Well, Science is 
catching up. It is only about 50 years behind the 
comic books now. 

Buck: Can you give me a definition of an 

Private: Sure. He's the fellow who's always 
ready to lay down your life for his country. 

Husband: I wish that you could make the: 
bread my mother used to make. 

Wife: I wish you could make the dough my 
father used to make. 

Why is it that as soon as they take the players 
off the gridiron, they put the coaches m the pan. 

An account of a wedding on a society page re- 
cently read: "The six bridesmaids wore dresses 
of hyacinth blue silk, the two pages were dressed 
in crimson velvet, with gold lace, and a pale bride- 
groom completed the color scheme." 

Officer: Why did you keep on going after I 

Lady driver: Sorry, officer, I'm pretty deaf. 

Officer: Well, don't worry, lady, you'll get your 
hearing in the morning. 

February 23, 1974 

Page Thirty-one 

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Due to some changes made Ln lists of church 
officers, information not received in time for in- 
clusion in the directory and some additional in- 
formation being received we will try to publish 
these changes such as are in this issue under the 
heading DIRECTORY UPDATE on page 17. 

These insertions will be published in the same 
format as is found in the directory and may 
easily be taken out and placed in their proper 
positions where these changes are to be made. 

The birthday list of our missionaries serving 
overseas and their families is published on pages 
12 and 13 along with their current addresses. 
These pages are also arranged so that they may 
easily be removed and kept for reference. 

A Study on Divorce and Remarriage ... in thei 
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March 9, 1974 

Page Three 

By the Way 



7^e Big ? 

^tcce a% ^ai^e? 

It has been an expression of long-standing that 
an accused person is to be declared innocent unless 
proven guilty. It seems that in our recent history, 
individuals, groups, and even corporations have 
found themselves in the Umelight being accused 
of misconduct or criminal acts. 

So much has been publicized in the past year 
or so of acts committed by individuals, political 
parties, military units and others that one is be- 
ginning to wonder who did what and who did not. 

A group of selected lawmakers of our nation 
sit on a panel which is in charge of conducting 
£in investigation revolving around a person or a 
group of persons, a corporation or even other 

or not quUity. Once again, doubt hangs invisibly 
in the atmosphere: "Did he or she?" or "Didn't he 
or she?" 

A malicious bit of gossip or a loose tongue starts 
a cancerous rumor that casts a stigma on a man 
or woman. There is no panel or jury to determine 
whether it is true or not. There are only individual 
verdicts rendered. They are either: the rumor is 
true or it is a falsehood. Yet, the question is al- 
ways there, "Did he or she?" or "Didn't he or 


There is a time coming when all the millions of 
questions that have been asked and answered, 
truthfully or not, may be asked again. There wiU 
not be a jury present, no prosecuting attorney, no 
attorney for the defense. There wiU be no court 
stenographer, no baliff. There may or may not 
even be any spectators in the courtroom. 

When the questions are asked and the testimony 
is given, the verdict will be rendered and when 
the verdict, guilty or not guilty, is presented there 
will be no more questions floating around, "Did 
they" or "Didn't they?" 

You see, with the Almighty God, there is no 
question. HE KNOWS! (G.S.) 

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The Brethren Evangelist! 

UUoderators 'Manna 

Dr. James E. Carter says, "Mission Is not the 
special task of certain 'called' people but the in- 
herent opportunity of all who accept Jesus as 
Lord." This thought is apropos for our thinking 
and stimulation for my sharing with the Brethren. 
If we would grasp the 'inherent opportunity' that 
we affirm and profess — what a moving force we 
would become and continue becoming as the Holy 
Spirit transforms small collections of persons all 
across this land into fellowships willing to seek 
and discover God's mission. Local churches must 
constantly seek to be mission. 

E. Glenn Hinson in "The Church Design for 
Survival," says that the church "exists in order 
to pour out its life in service healing the sick, 
casting out demons, cleansing lepers, restoring 
sight for the blind, providing food for the hungry, 
giving rest to the weary, making homes for the 
homeless, bringing comfort to the distraught, 
preaching peace to those near and far. Like Jesus 
himself, it lives by dying, pouring out its life to 
satisfy human need wherever and in whatever 
form it finds it." (p. 35) Many goals for the 
church are suggested in this statement of mission. 
Some of the Brethren are launching them suc- 
cessfully and some of our Brethren have refused 
to meet the challenge. 

I am simply amazed at how few of our local 
congregations are wallingly pouring themselves 
out. Individual members are saving the message 
of God's salvation for the rainy day. How sad! 
These churches are hibernating and the commun- 
ity knows you are not pouring out, therefore, will 

you continue sleeping or will you rise to th( 
'inherent opportunity' and share the living me& 
sage in service? It may include the death of old 
methods and ideas and a refocusing upon God's 
mission of love and concern to all the community. 
As a body of believers we must seek to follow 
His will and to serve His needs. Each member may 
have to discover a new function and gift to share 
with the fellowship, but then it would be worth 
the struggle if we could motivate the entrusted 
fellowship. It could be that all those not so glam- 
orous functions we have been running from for 
years are what would bring about the solution. 
It may be painful, but if it could get the ball roll- 
ing or the Church Alive — WOW! Praise the Lord. 
Give it a try! 

Something else I would like you to do. I want 
you to honestly ask these three questions of your 
church. Personally reflect for yourself and then 
do it again for someone who maybe seems to you 
uninvolved. See if your answers harmonize or 
face conflict. Here they are: 

1. Does it feel good to fellowship in your 
church right now? 

2. Do you feel you are celebrating with 
friends, people you like and trust, and who 
like and trust you? 

3. Is it fun and exciting to be a member of 
your church? 

If you could answer "yes" to all three questions 
for yourself and for someone else, then I am cer- 
tain you are a part of what could be called a 
"living dynamic fellow.ship." If you had to answer 
"no" or "sometimes" to any or all questions, you 
ought to consider seeking help to discover the 
'inherent opportunity' within your fellowship. 

The help I will suggest you try is to follow 
I Peter 2:11. This passage suggests the j>eople of 
God are a pilgrim people. Church pilgrims are 
in search of truth and new ways of serving effec- 
tively the Lord Jesus. Many of us have become 
settlers rather than pilgrims in church outreach 
as well as our organizational responsibilities. 
Through the compulsion of the Holy Spirit and 
compassion from the Holy Spirit the people of 
God in local situations wall search for new oppor- 
tunities to function wdthin the fellowship. The 
pilgrims need to continue seeking ways for others 
to do their responsibility in order that they may 
fill a vacant or new responsibility. Far too many 
church members have become content where they 
are, thus boredom and stagnation permeates the 
people of God- -settlers and not pilgrims? Pray 
for pilgrims and not settlers! 

Praise the Lord for the 'inherent opportunity' 
for you to become a vital pilgrim within your 
small collection of the people of God. 

Moderator 1974 
Paul D. Steiner, Pastor 
220 E. Locust St. 
Lanark, Illinois 61046 


[arch 9, 1974 

Page Five 



I alone am embraced by Him 
But not to the exclusion of others. 
Though Love is an intensely 

individual thing — 
He treats us all like His brothers. 
First we recognize His love 
Accept and appreciate it, too, 
He eases our fears and casts 

them out — 
If we just follow through. 
We know it is in measure now, 
And hope and dream of more. 
It will be perfect up above — 
He has so much in store. 
Christ's love for the church 
Is told to us in the Word we read 

each day. 
The sweetest story ever told 
Is in our hearts to stay. 

Helen Bamhart 

phesians 5:25, 27 — "Christ loved the church and 
ave Himself for it — a glorious church — holy and 
without blemish." 

'opyright Helen Bamhart 1974 — (from CoUec- 
ion: "Words of Comfort") 


The riches of His grace 
Are revealed in a wonderful way, 
In His advent on the scene 
In a manger filled with hay. 
Being merciful and faithful 
He intercedes each day. 
And that is why He lived — 
To help us when we pray. 
'Twas judgment we deserved, 
Unmerited favor we receive. 
We can approach the throne. 
If we will just believe. 
Our Christ is rich in glory 
That some day we'll behold — 
When face to face we meet Him 
Some glorious day, so we're told. 

Helen Barnhart 

Proverbs 8:17, 18 — "I love them that love Me; and 
those that seek Me early shall find Me. Riches 
and honour are with me." 

Copyright Helen Bamhart 1974 — (from Collec- 
tion: "Words of Comfort") 


FIFTY YEAKS AGO: A program presented by 
the Ashland College Girl's Glee Club was broad- 
cast over station KX>.K.A. one of the most pow- 
erful radio stations in America. Professor Haun, 
manager of the Glee Club was able to schedule 
this broadcast through the assistance of Mr. John 
Rishel of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. 

Shively was signally honored at McDowell Audi- 
torium in Ashland, Ohio by being cited as the 
Golden Rule Honor Citizen of the Community. The 
presentation was made at a function of the Ash- 
land Booster Club. 

TEN YEARS AGO: Charles Oberly, a member 
of the North Liberty, Indiana Brethren Church 
was the recipient of the "God and Country 
Award." "Chuck" as he is known to his friends 
and parents, Mr. & Mrs. John Oberly was to be 
elevated to the rank of "Eagle Soout" in the very 
near future following the award. 

Pag:e Six 

The Brethren Evangelist 



Mr. Delmar Sparks passed away at the age of 
45, Thursday, January 17, 1974. He was married 
to Shu-ley Buck, who survives along with 4 chil- 
dren and one grandchild. Services were held at 
the Ardmore Brethren Church with Rev. Brian 
Moore officiating. 


Mrs. Edith Ebbinghouse passed away Decembei 
7th at Stratford House after a long illness. One 
son and two grandchildren survive. Services were"" 
held in the N. Manchester First Brethren Church i 
with Rev. Woodrow A. Immel officiating. 


Mrs. Ellen Opel, 78, passed away on January 
18, 1974. She is survived by her husband William, 
5 children, 15 grandchildren, and 11 great-grand- 

Mrs. Opel was faithful to her Lord and to the 
Main Street Brethren Church of which she was a 

Services were conducted January 21 at the 
Konhaus Funeral Home, Meyersdale, Pennsyl- 
vania, with Rev. Joseph Hanna officiating. Inter- 
ment was in the Union Cemetery, Meyersdale. 


Mrs. Mae Bollinger, widow of Homer Bollinger, , 
passed away unexpectedly at her home this fall in i 
late October. She was active In the business world 1 
and in the work of her church. Pastor Immel i 
officiated at her memorial service. 


Harry Baker passed away suddenly Nov. 7th as^ 
he was working on a fence row near his home. 
One son, Joe, and four grandsons survive. Memo- 
rial Services were held Saturday, November 12th. 
Pastor Immel officiated at the service. 


Mr. George Fountain died very suddenly on 
Tuesday, January 22, 1974. He and his family 
had been members of the Washington Brethren 
Church for some time and shared mutual Chris- 
tian friendship. The funeral service was conducted 
at the Church with Rev. Robert Keplinger, pastor, 


Mrs. Mildred Bush passed away at her home' 
and services were held at the Bender Funeral I 
Home on December 22nd, Pastor Woodrow A. 
Immel officiating. Her husband Lamoine survives i 
as well as a son Max ; and a daughter Madeline ' 


Douglas Kim Haupert, 19, went to be with the 
Lord on February 15, 1974, following a car-train 
accident in Wabash County, Indiana. 

Doug is survived by his parents, Lorin and Mary 
Haupert of Roann; brothers, Roger of Fort 
Wayne, Timothy and Larry at home; sisters, 
Roberta Thompson of Fort Wayne, Peggy and 
Mary Louise at home; and his paternal grand- 
mother Mrs. Hazel Haupert of Roann. He was 
preceded in death by a sister. 

The funeral services were conducted at the 
Roann First Brethren Church by the Rev. William 
H. Kerner. 


Mrs. Roy (Haxel) Ruse passed away at her' 
home just a few days after Christmas. She isi 
survived by her husband Roy, and a son Wayne. 
Services were held Sunday afternoon at 2 :00 1 
o'clock with Pastor Immel officiating. 


Paul Wendell suffered a fatal heart attack on i 
the morning of November 20th, enroute to the 
Wabash Hospital. He is survived by his wife 
Virginia. Interment was in the Fairview cemetery. 
Pastor Immel officiated at the Memorial Service. 

larch 9, 1974 


Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Abe celebrated their 51st 
Vedding Anniversary on January 20. 

Sarasota. Florida 

Mr. & Mrs. Omer Rodkey, Burlington, Indiana, 
ibserved their 64th Wedding Anniversary on 
''ebruary 12. 

Mr. & Mrs. Aden Yoder observed their 50th 
Vedding Anniversary on February 24. 

Sarasota, Florida 

Mr. & Mrs. Lester Peck, 50th Wedding Anni- 
j^ersary March 3, 1974, Falls City, Nebraska. 


Mr. & Mrs. Paul LaDow observed their 58th 
iVedding Anniversary on February 7. 

* * * 

Mr. & Mrs. Sidney Penrod celebrated their 50th 
in February 5. 

Mr. & Mrs. Harry Natziger, their 52nd on 
i^eb. 16. 

Mr. & Mrs. Glenn Denlinger, their 51st on 
Fanuary 27. 

Sarasota, Florida 

Page Seven 


Coming Evangelistic Services — April 22-28, 1974. 
At the Vinco Brethren Church — Pastor: Rev. 

C. William Cole 
Evangelist: Rev. James R. Black of MilledgevLlle, 


A daughter Wendy Kay Barr, bom Feb. 9, 1974 
to Rev. and Mrs. Jerry Barr. Rev. Gerald Barr is 
pastor of the Mexico Church in Peru. 


Roann, Indiana — 7 by baptism, 2 by letter 

Meyersdale, Pennsylvania — 1 by baptism 

North Manchester, Indiana — 6 by baptism, 
8 by letter 

Mineral Point, Pennsylvania — 4 by baptism 

Masontown, Pennsylvania — 12 by baptism 

Sarasota, Florida — 20 by baptism 

Bradenton, Florida — 3 by baptism 

South Bend, Indiana (Ardmore) — 4 by letter 


Do you know what the event of the year is? 

Page Eight 



The February 6th issue of the Sterling-Rock 
Falls, Illinois DAILY GAZETTE featured a short 
article on a demonstration on the art of quilting 
which was to be given at the Sauk Valley Arts 
and Crafts Show held at Sauk Valley College. 

Three ladies of the Milledgeville Brethren 
Church took part in this event; Mrs. Robert Easta- 
brooks, Mrs. Ralph Allison and Mrs. George 
Miatke. The three ladies quilt regularly at the 
home of Mrs. Allison who is the mother of Rev. 
Richard Allison, the pastor of the Jefferson 
Brethren Church, Goshen, Indiana. 

Quilting is falling into the category of many 
almost-lost arts and is adding to the painting of 
"Vanishing America" and it is refreshing to hear 
of these ladies who are devoting time and fellow- 
ship to a time-honored American tradition. 

The Brethren Evangelist 


Burlington First Brethren Church conducted a 
Teachers Training Course for its teachers. Rev. 
Jack Oxenrider, coordinator of the Brethren Re- 
treat of Indiana District Brethren Churches, 
Shipshewana, was instructor. 

The Sunday School of the First Brethren Church 
of Burlington from grades 2 through high school I 
enjoyed a skating party at the Frankfort rink — 
Tuesday evening February 12. The church busi] 
was loaded to capacity and a good time was re-'' 
ported by all, about 60 attended. 

On Tuesday evening February 12, The Home 
Maker's Class shared an oyster soup supper which 
included all the trimmings, wdth cake and pie fori 
dessert. After a short business meeting, the eve-' 
ning was spent in sharing experiences and visit-; 
ing; 24 were in attendance. 

Dr. Joseph R. Shultz, Vice President of Ashland 
College and Seminary, Ashland, Ohio, spoke at 
the evening service, February 17. 



The Morrill Brethren Church had 23 enrolled in 
their "Good News Club" held each Wednesday 
evening through the summer. The members of 
the WMS helped sei-ve refreshments at each meet- 
ing. Mrs. Elmer Keck and Mrs. Clair Berkley had 
charge of teaching the children and Mrs. Raymond 
Landes was the pianist as well as helping with 
the teaching. The offering from the group was 
given to The Day Care Center in Hiawatha, 

Twenty-four were enrolled in the Vacation Bible 
School held in July. They had four girls from 
Ashland College to help, as well as, Mrs. Raymond 
Landes and daughter, Carolyn. The WMS fur- 
nished refreshments for the group. 

Ken and Kirk Stapleton attended church camp. 
Mrs. Clair Berkley, Sec. 

A bit of correspondence from the Masontowni 
Brethren Church reveals that quite a bit of In- 
volvement has been seen in various areas of the< 
church and the community. Some of the Sunday^ 
School classes took it upon themselves to refur-r 
nish and refurbish the kitchen of the church withi 
some new appliances and flooring. 

A hotel fire in the community which left about 
33 people without shelter and without clothes 
and furniture prompted the Masontown WMS 
ladies to institute a program of home mission: 
work. This program called for the creation of am! 
emergency fund and it seems that no sooner had' 
aid been provided through this fund when anotherij 
fire occurred in the city leaving three families:! 
totaling nine persons destitute. I 

Once again these concerned ladies came forthi 
with assistance with their contributions newlj; 

A farmer attended a Church Conference as a delegate. 
The issue was brought up as to the best method to get 
people to attend church. During the discussion period 
the farmer asked for the floor. Having received per- 
mission to speak, he said, "I have attended quite a few 
Seminars and Workshops on farming and I have never 
heard any discussion on how we are to get our cattle 
to come in to the feeding racks. The biggest concern 
deals with the type of feed we use in our racks. 

March 9, 1974 

Page Nine 



Printed here is a portion of a letter received by- 
Sandy Schwartz, wife of Edward S. Schwartz, 
formerly pastor of The Oak Hill Brethren Church 
in Oak Hill, West Virginia and who are now re- 
siding at 518 North 50th Ct., Pompano Beach, 
Florida 33064. 

Dear Editor: 
^ Greetings from the "south". Let the 
Brethren knoiv we still keep in touch with 
you through letters, THE BRETHREN 
EVANGELIST and telej)hone messages. 

We feel the Lord led us here to prepare 
us for some mhiistry in the future. With 
today's trend in ediLcation and morals, we 
praise the Lord that our children are in a 
Christian School. Each day our daughter 
Laurie, ivho is 5 years old, comes home ivith 
some Bible lessons she learned in Kinder- 

Ed teaches the College and Career Class 
ill Sunday School and helps in Junior Church 
each Sunday. He is also teaching 4th grade 
each day in the Highlands Christian 

In addition to teaching music and piano 
lessons I have been serving as pianist for the 
services at church. 

It tvas a privilege for us to have been able 
to visit the Learning Center at Brethren 
House in St. Petersburg last fall and to then 
go over to Sarasota and attend services at 
the Sarasota Brethren Church. 

We pray that we can utilize the experience 
and the adaption to another facet of a ivay 
of life to wherever God may lead us. 

Love in Christ 
Sandy Schivartz. 

Dear Editor: 
We have just noticed your excellent editorial 
and use of our TV ad/coupon to help point out 
some avenues of protest open to concerned evan- 
gelicals on TV permissiveness. 

NAE's campaign has been well received thus 
far, although we expect most magazines will be 
using the ad in January. We will keep returns by 
magazine key so we will be able to report to you 
how many BRETHREN EVANGELIST readers 

Thank you very much for your cooperation 
and editorial plug. The courteous extension of 
your valuable space for this cause is greatly 

In Christ, 
Tom Johnston 
Director of Information 



Page Ten 



The Brethren Evangeli 


Rev. K. Prusantha Kximar with the ordained 
pastors Rev. T. Raja Rao (left) from Raja- 
mundry and Rev. B. Bhushanam {right) 
from Gokavaram. 

Prasantha Kumar reports, "The Spirit of the 
Lord is with us when we go into the villages to 
proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ; people 
who lived in darkness by worshipping idols for 
many years are coming into the light and are 
accepting Jesus Christ as their personal saviour. 
When we first go into a new village we visit many 
homes and try to be friendly with the people. 
Nirmala and myself give our testimony and tell 
how the Lord is blessing us. We pray at every 

home we visit and after a few days we invite then 
for a prayer meeting. We slowly develop th| 
prayer meeting into a prayer group that will 
come a congregation as the Holy Spirit works 
every individual. 

"So far we have established prayer groups 
the interior jungles and also in the islands wheres 
the people live in ignorance by worshipping thee 
river Godavari. Five of the villages which were 
prayer groups last year have now flourished into 
congregations. They are Padamati Khandrika 
(West Khandrika), Balabhadrapuram, Madura- 
pudi, Kapavaram, and Velagathodu. The Lord is 
indeed blessing our ministry in the villages." 

Christian convention in Rajamundry 

Each January the Brethren Mission conducts ai 
Christian Convention in Rajahmundry where ' 
members and others interested in the work and I 
witness of the church, gather together in Bible' 
study, prayer, and fellowship. In 1973 eighty-foun 
persons were baptized during the convention, the ; 
Bible Institute held its graduation, and two evan- 
gelists were ordained to the gospel ministry. . 
Through the convention, the Bible Institute, the' 
Health Center, open air meetings, village prayer 
groups, and the individual Christian witness; — 
the Gtospel of Jesus Christ is being presented in i 
Andhra Pradesh, India by the Brethren Mission. 

iMai-ch 9, 1974 

Page Eleven 


Have you been watching the news about our 
new Brethren Mission Field in Colombia, South 
Remember in August, 1971 when the National 
■ 1 Women's Missionary Society voted for their 
,1 1 project, the raising of funds for a new overseas 
si missionary field for the Brethren? Then in Febr- 
uary, 1972 John Rowsey, the Associate Secretary 
of the Missionary Board was instructed to survey 
various possibilities during an administrative visit 
to Argentina. In April, 1972 the Missionary Board 
of the Brethren Church in their spring meeting 
heard the report of that survey and after prayer 
made plans to enter Colombia as that new field. 
In June, 1972 the announcement was made in the 
BRETHREN EVANGELIST that Colombia had 
been selected and in July, 1972 announcement was 
made that the Kenneth Solomon family had ac- 
cepted the call to be the missionaries to open this 
field for the Brethren. 

In August of 1972 the women had their first 
ingathering for this project during General Con- 
ference, received approximately $9,000 and decided 

to continue the project for another year. In 
December of that year the Solomons returned to 
the United States from Argentina where they had 
sold their things and closed their ministry in this 
country. While in the United States they partici- 
pated in a number of special training sessions to 
prepare them for their new work and in June, 
1973 made their first trip to Colombia accompanied 
by Rev. M. Virgil Ingraham. During this short 
visit the team had quite a list of things to be ac- 
complished including the decision as to the city 
where they would be located. Upon their return 
it was announced that the new mission would be 
located in the city of Medellin to begin the work 
of planting a Brethren church in Colombia. 

During General Conference in 1973 the Solo- 
mons were present to assist with the ingathering 
of the Women's Missionary Society project monies 
which totaled $8,794.93. Finally in December of 
1973, because of what the women had started back 
in 1971, the Solomon family departed for Medellin, 
Colombia, South America. 

They have now located a house to rent and are 
busy making contacts with those of their neighbor- 
hood as well as taking care of the many other 
items necessary for beginning a new organization 
in a country overseas. Why don't you write them 
and tell them you are concerned and are praying 
for them? Their address: 

Kenneth L. Solomon 

Apartado Aereo 055171 

Medellin, Colombia, South America 

If you would like to know more about this 
country, the Missionary Board has a slide set, 
seventy-five color slides amd a thirty-three minute 
cassette narration recorded by Kenneth Solomon 
before their departure. This set can be borrowed 
without charge from the: 

Missionary Board of the Brethren Church 
530 College Avenue, Ashland, Ohio 44805 


The Richard Winfields (Dick, Kitty, and Melissa 
Jo) are due to return to the United States by mid- 
March for their second furlough from Nigeria. 
After a time with their families they will be re- 
siding at the Missionary Home, 705 Grant Street 
in Ashland, Ohio. 

Present plans call for them to be in the Ashland 
area for about a year during which they will be 
involved in deputation, preparation for their re- 
turn to Nigeria, and continuation of work related 
to their responsibilities in Nigeria. Churches in- 
terested in having them for a missionary con- 
ference or other missionary emphasis should con- 
tact the Missionary Board of the Brethren Church, 
530 College Avenue, Ashland, Ohio 44805. 

Rev. Richard Winfield 

Page Twelve 

The Brethren Evangelist 




September 11 


July 17 


February 18, 1956 


February 27, 1958 


June 4, 1963 


January 9, 1965 






South America 



November 14 


August 31 

Melissa Jo 

February 15, 1971 


c/o Church of 



Box 626 

Jos, Benue-Plateau 


Nigeria, West 




January 30 


June 25 






August 9, 


Seth Andrew 




(not pictured) 


c/o Hong Secondary 


P.M.B. 2016 

Hong via Yola 

North East State 

Nigeria, West Africa 

March 9, 1974 

Page Thirteen 




April 27 


February 13 


April 10, 1969 


April 18, 1971 


August 7, 1972 


Post Box 









January 19 


August 8 


December 29, 1955 


June 25, 1959 


August 29, 1961 


Ayacucho 1858 

Rosario, (Pcia, Santa Fe) 

Argentina, South America 

*(Mark is in the United States"! 

c/o Adin Murray 

Rt. 1 

Sterling, Ohio 44276 



April 27 


September 8 


January 30, 1968 


September 28, 1970 


O'Higgins 3168 

Buenos Aires (29) 


South America 

Page Fourteen 

The Brethren Evangeli 


As announced in the December 15, 1973 issue 
of tiie BRETHREN EVANGELIST, a boy, Seth 
Andrew, has arrived at the home of the Jerry 
Grieves in Nigeria. Born on November 6, 1973 in 
Jos, Cheryl says, "Words just cannot express our 
joy over Seth Andrew, for to us he represents yet 
another example of God's constant blessing in our 

Talking about their work of translation she 
goes on to say, "Our co-translator is currently 
working on a first draft translation of the Gospel 
of Mark. The way the i)eople are now joining 
hands and co-operating in the whole translation 
project is another answer to prayer. A full team 
of workers has been chosen and is sharing differ- 
ent asf>ects of the work. The key word among us 
all now is 'co-operation'." 

The Grieves have tentative plans to return to 
the United States on furlough during the period 
April through June of 1974. This short furlough 
is planned during a natural break in their trans- 
lation work and since it is a short time, extensive 
deputation cannot be scheduled. 

The Grieves pass on prayer requests for Pastor 
Peter Mambaka as he translates Mark, that it 
might be a good idiomatic translation into Kilba 
as well as for him and Pastor WUliam as they 
take their second course in translation principles. 
They also request your prayer in their own mas- 
tery of the language and as they check the trans- 
lation of Mark. 

Jerry Grieve and informa^it as they work 
together in the Kilba language. 


C. Peter Wagner is out with a new book and 
the title sounds as if he is excited about some- 
thing. On his first page he gives an indication of 
what that something is, "I'm writing this book, 
for one thing, to suggest that if you're stiU clutch- 
ing some stereotyped ideas of missions, you're 
out of it. If you step back and take a look at the 
whole picture, you will soon be aware that the 
Christian church — especially in America, but also 
in other parts of the world — shifted into high 
gear when it rounded the curve from the 1960's 
to the 1970's. All signals are go right now." 

The first chapter deals wath some of the things 
happening today, the second asks "Are the 
Heathen Really Lost?" and then goes on to talk 
about the priorities involved in answering this 

question. The third chapter "Every Christian is- 
NOT a Missionary" is a beautiful commentary on i 
spiritual gifts in general and the "Missionary^ 
Gift" in particular, including pointers on discov- 
ering your gift. The next few chapters deal withi 
the machinery of missions including the mission- 1 
ary and the sending church plus a chapter onr 
the "Fourth Dimension of Missions." Three hun-i 
dred and sixty degree missions and missions at I 
bargain prices are discussed in the latter chapters' 
as he talks about third world mission societies. > 
The final chapter contains practical informationr 
about getting involved in missionary service andi 
missionary support and gives specific addresses i 
as to where to write for more information. The^l 
appendix is a "Self-study Missionary Readings 
List" which can be very practical for more study* 
into these matters. 

The book, published under the Regal banner i 
by Gospel Light Publications can be purchased! 
from the Brethren Book Store or other Christian! 
book store for $1.95. The title? STOP THE' 
WORLD I WANT TO GET ON! Why don't youi 
get a copy and see what he is so excited about: 

As the author says, "Gkid never intended mis-- 
sions to stop, at least until this age is over and( 
Jesus returns. . . . More missionaries than even 
before should be moving out to the fields of thai 
world if Christians are going to follow God's gamei 

IMarch 9, 1974 

Page Fifteen 


John Gull as he visited the Park Street 
church in Ashland 

From time to time we have published informa- 
tional extracts from prayer letters by Wyclrffe 
Bible Translator, Roger Mohrlang on the progress 
of the translation of the New Testament into 
Hlgi. Working with Roger on the actual transla- 
\i tion is John Gull, a Higi pastor who has also been 
featured on these pages in the past. As they enter 
the final stages of their labor of love, that of pre- 
paring their manuscript of the entire New Testa- 
ment for publication, we congratulate them on 
a job well done. 

Last Spring when the Gospel of Mark in Higi 

arrived, the first edition of two thousand copies 

was sold out in a short time. Many were pur- 

I i chased by total illiterates, people who had no idea 

which side of the book was right side up but who 

began to memorize the first page word-by-word 

in the hopes that they would learn to read it in 

this way. Literacy classes have begun all over the 

area, ladies old enough to have a dozen children 

are like six-year olds in their first day of school. 

John Guli will continue his work as he has 

been named the literacy co^ordinator for his area 

while Roger will move on to begin to work with 

others. GOOD JOB John and Roger and may the 

Lord continue to bless both of you in your work. 

I If you would be interested in learning more 

j about the work of the Wycliffe Bible Translators 

I and men such as Roger, John, and the Jerry 

' Grieves (see article elsewhere in this issue) the 

Missionary Board, 530 College Avenue, Ashland, 

Ohio 44805 has several audio-visuals available for 

loan without charge. Items available are: 

COME LIVE WITH US a color filmstrip with 
cassette or record (please indicate your choice 
for sound) showing the work of the Wycliffe 
Translators in New Guinea. 

filmstrip with cassette or record (please indicate 
your choice) telling of the jungle training the 
Wycliffe Translators go through. 

two color slides with cassette narration of the 
work of the Wycliffe Translators in Africa. 

Also available is a slide set with cassette narra- 
tion called TIZHE which was written by Brethren 
missionary Dick Winfield and which depicts the 
boyhood, life, and training for the pastorate of a 
boy from tlie Higi area of Nigeria. 



A letter just arrived from John Guli informs 
us that the Higi churches have been formed into 
one guduma (district) and have elected John to 
be their Executive Secretary thus he will co- 
ordinate this work with that of Literacy and Lit- 
erature. Another Higi pastor, Zira Dia, will be in 
charge of team evangelism for the district and he 
and John will be working together in conducting 
classes for evangelists as well as other literacy 

The seven Higi churches represent more than 
seventy preaching points and approximately four 
thousand five hundred members. John reports 
that in this district one thousand additional were 
baptized in 1973 and many others are attending 
baptism classes. 

Three Kulp Bible School graduates from this 
Higi district will be returning to the school for 
advanced training along with four new ones for 
the regular training. Prayer and Praise is given 
and requested for the work of the Nigerian church. 

Roger Mohrlang at mimeograph in Nigeria 

Page Sixteen 

The Brethren Evangelist 


A Htmt Mitsitn MinitlH) in St. Pglersbafs. fhtiia f>^ 

jA«M ^ „„„„.., fj ^m 

j^* ___ Phil & JiiD Is/teh ',>j^ , 


Sometimes one could almost "throw in the 
towel." When the rowdiness reaches fever pitch, 
especially some teen nights like the one tonight 
when there was an abundance of screaming, heck- 
ling, shoving, mouthing off, motorcycle revving, 
loud laughing, door-slamming, and the like. 
Especially when one is tired after a day of trying 
to "get everything done that needs to be done." 

"What's the use?" one tends to question when 
all one observes is kids behaving in ways that 
seem rude, when no evidence is seen that they 
understand anything that is really important. 
Their little clusters of boisterousness seem to defy 
any effort to reach them with God's love. 

"Why try?" one thinks surrounded by the seem- 
ing purposeless confusion. 

But then up comes Jeff flashing his home-made 
sheriff's badge. "You're under arrest," he says 
with a twinkle in his eye. "You have the right to 
remain silent and can make one phone call." Here 
is a chance to communicate, to build the bridge, 
to show one Little One I care enough to play his 
game. Last night I helped him pronounce some 
words in John's gospel. 

And there is Theresa clutching her omni-present 
lunch box with Snoopy on the front. Inside are a 
few treasured possessions. She, her brother, sister 
and mother have recently moved in with another 
family and she holds that lunch box the way Linus 
does his security blanket. Such lovely blue eyes 
she has. "You're under arrest," she echoes her 

And inside Brethren House amid the confusion 
Marlin sits and labors over a picture of Moses 
that Bonnie will use in a simple picture puzzle 
for the Little Ones to help them review the Bible 
accounts presented earlier in the year. Marlin no 
longer goes to school, doesn't live at home, but 
keeps coming back to Brethren House on Monday 
nights to join in the activities. Such potential this 
boy has. His father said one time it was all right 
for the kids to come to Brethren House, but he 
didn't want to hear anything about religion. That's 
o.k. Marlin comes back and so do his brothers 
and sisters. 

Lord, give me strength and patience and wisdom 
to go on. The towel can wait! — 



HOUSTON (EP)— The gathering of Guru 
Maharaj Ji and his followers at the Astrodome 
here has apparently had little impact on Houston 
youth, according to a minister on the staff of 
the First Methodist church. 

Most of those attending were from out of town, 
observed the Rev. Daniel Steere, the church's 
minister of evangelism. 

He said the only church people he knew of who 
went to the sessions, known as "Millennium '73," 
were a few "on the fringes" who had been un- 
comfortable with their own peer group. 

Mr. Steere reported that he had talked with 
one of these and had been told that the young per- 
son was "helped to find peace within himself." 

Most of the young people coming into Houston 
for the gathering appeared to be from the 
"counter-culture," Mr. Steere said, adding that 
their devotion to the guru shows there "obviously 
is a need." 

The message to the churches may be that they 
are not reaching youth outside "middle America," 
he said. 


SYDNEY (EP)— Nowtime '74 has inaugurated! 
what promises to be a year of evangelical activity 
in Australia. 

More than 2,500 Christians, from the institution- 
al Church and the "Jesus Movement," gathered I 
here for a convention that was organized by the 
Australian Christian Endeavor Movement. 

It culminated in a "Jesus march" from Sydney 
University to Sydney Town Hall featuring banners 
bearing anti-pornography slogans. 

The Rev. Bernard Judd, an Anglican clergyman \ 
who has become widely known as an opponent i 
of "booze and gambling," wrote a statement i 
against permissiveness that was handed to the? 
speaker of the Legislative Assembly, Jim Cam- 
eron, at the end of the march. 

It warned that moral pollution posed a "realJ 
threat to our Australian way of life." 

After the nine days of activities connected with i 
Nowtime '74, which included evangelistic rallies ! 
and Scripture distribution, its organizers began ' 
making plans for a Festival of Light, to be pat- 
terned after the campaign of that name that was ■ 
held in Britain two years ago. 

March 9, 1974 Page Seventeen 


Page 2 Benevolent Board Phone change (about March 15th) : 

Phone: (419) 325-3696 

Page 4 (George Kerlm's correct address) 
April — World Relief 

1318 E. Douglas, Goshen, IN 46526 

Page 9 District Camps 

Pennsylvania Camp Peniel — Take Rt. 219 one mile south of Meyersdale; turn 
left and follow road for three miles to camp. Phone: (814) 634-5106; Mail: 
Rt. 3, Box 96A, Meyersdale, PA 15552; Scheduling: Mr. Richard Howard, P.O. 
Box 226, Armagh, PA 15920; Phone: (814) 446-5703. 

Page 18 

Pastor— William Walk, P.O. Box 8, Gratis, OH 45330 

Moderator— Mr. William Bowers, 1040 Oakwood, N.E. Massillon, OH 44646 
Secretary— Mrs. Janice Heil, 3696 Pinehurst Ave., N.W., Massillon, OH 44646 

Page 26 Mrs. Lee Howard's corrected address 

Secretary— Mrs. Lee Howard, 505 N. 2nd St., Mulvane, KS 67110 

Page 30 Goals 

1976— Herbert Gilmer, Mrs. C. Wm. Cole 

Page 40 

Gibson, Ralph 

Phone: (419) 322-8573 

Page 47 Brethren Seminary Students add: 
PECK, Gerald L. 
82 Samaritan Avenue, Apt. A-1 
Ashland, OH 44805 
Phone: (419) 289-2793 

Page 48 Licensed Ministers — Midwest District Omitted: 
Gerald L. Peck, Falls City 

Page 49 Ashland College Trustees 

Term Expiring January 1975 

It should be Wade V. Johnson 

Term Expiring January 1976 

Replacing Woodrow Immel who resigned from the board 

Indiana District Robert Kropf P.O. Box 514 Goshen, Ind. 

Address changes: 

Herbert Schettler . . 70 Park Avenue West, Mansfield, O. 

James Preston . 1800 Union Commerce Bldg., Cleveland, O. 
Term E.xpiring January 1977 
Replacing Mrs. H. M. Jordan 

Central District James R. Black P.O. Box 376, MUledgeville, 111. 

Replacing K. Robert Hahn 

At Large Alois F. Dvorak 2435 Wimbleton Rd., Columbus, O. 

Replacing Alvin Shifflett 

N. California District Alan Schmeidt 21000 A. Tinnin Rd., Manteca, Calif. 

Page Eighteen 

The Brethren Evang'elist : 


A harried businessman on his way to an im- 
portant conference, a homemaker struggling with 
her housework, a family taking small children on 
a long car trip have one opportunity in common 
— a chance to Usten to the Bible. 

The catchword was "listen," not read. 

Because The Living: New Testament is now 
available in stereo cassette form. 

And since it is, the men, women, and children 
who haunt the pages of religious history have 
come alive for today's readers. 

The shepherds minding their flocks on the 
Judean hillsides are not the only ones to hear 
the angels sing of Jesus birth. Wily King Herod 
questions more than the wise men about the new- 
bom king and the devious phaxisees demanding 
answers of Jesus speak also to today's listeners. 

The counsel of Paul is available for those who 
listen as he describes the Way for the p>eople of 
the Way. 

"I took those tapes to my office the day they 
arrived," said the businessman earnestly. "Before 
I go to important conference I make it a point to 
listen for about 30 minutes to portions of Paul's 
letters or from one of the Gkispels. They give me 
spiritual insight to make the correct decisions." 

"We've also been delightfully surprised that 
children have so readily adopted the cassettes," 
said Dr. Kenneth Taylor, paraphraser of The 
Living Bible. 

"Children seem fascinated by the drama, es- 
pecially if they are acquainted with the scripture 
at all. And we've had many parents tell us that 
their children won't get in a car for any kind of 
trip without having the cassettes and player with 
them. They nudge each other and say, 'listen to 
the rooster crow,' or 'listen to the music' " 

Another parent suggested the tapves are partic- 
ularly appropriate for family devotions. "That way 
you have a dramatic program that both entertains 
and inspires," she said. 

The tapes also are particularly fine for the eld- 
erly who can not read for any length of time but 
still would like to listen to the Bible being read. 

This appealing new way to get acquainted with 
the Bible through listening rather than reading 
is the result of months of hard work involving at 
least 20 professional actors. Some of them, using 
different voices, played numerous roles in taping 
the script. 

The Living New Testament in cassettes was 
tai)ed at Domain Agency, Inc., in Wheaton, 111. 
Domain Agency has many years of experience in 
working with Christian broadcasters. 

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Adult Bible Study presented at The General Conference of The 
Brethren Church, Ashland, Ohio August 19, 1973. 

by Brian H. Moore 

Rev. Brian H. Moore is presently serving 
"las pastor of the Ardmore Brethren Church 
of South Bend, Indiana; Assistant Secretary- 
Treasurer of the Indiana District Conference 
Organization; (ts a member of the National 
Board of Christian Education serving also as 
Camp Commission Chairman of this Board. 

The thirteenth chapter of Paul's first letter to 
the Corinthians is undoubtedly one of the out- 
standing passages ever written about anything! 
I have selected it for this study because of its 
abiding worth in the Church of Jesus Christ, the 
family of God. I have also selected it because of 
its unique situation, that is, the discussion in which 
it is located. This chapter is like the axis in the 
balance scale with chapter twelve (the place of 
spii-itual gifts) on one side and chapter fourteen 
(the problem with a spiritual gift) on the other. 
As you know, Paul did not make the chapter 
divisions and thus intended to let this be a flow- 
ing, continuous account. So frequently we isolate 
ichapter thirteen and let it stand as an essay on 
love. It does, no doubt, have qualities about it 
which enable it to stand alone. But if we would 
understand it as Paul and the Holy Spirit meant 
:it to be understood we must consider its conte.xt. 
It is not an ode to love; it is part and parcel of a 
studied argument. It is blazing logic, not romantic 
poetry (Hobb, The Epistles to the Corinthians, in. 
loc). Therefore, we must attempt to set this chap- 
ter in its context. 

Chapter 12 began with a turning of the atten- 
tion to spiritual matters. Paul dealt with these 
.spiritual matters in some depth, with an emphasis 
on the many workings of the Spirit to the real- 
jization of one harmonious body. The work of the 
Spirit, rather than being divisive, is actually har- 
monizing to the church. After spelling this out, 
Paul makes a transition to a way which is superior 
in quality to anything he had spoken of thus 
far. This is the reason 12:31 is included wath 
chapter 13 as a continuation of a thought. 






12:31b "And yet I show (point out, make 
known) to you a way according to excellence (still 
better)." Still better than what? Still better that 
the greater gifts, especially prophecy. There is a 
way of life and conduct far surpassing even the 
greatest gifts. The contrast here is between way 
and gifts, gifts being highly specialized and individ- 
ualistic and way, a life-style for all no matter how 
comparatively esteemed or lowly his gift might 
be. This is the way of love, a life-style charac- 
terized by love. There is no more warrant for 
translating this, "charity" than there is to say 
"God is charity" or "Greater charity hath no man 
than this, that a man lay dowm his life for his 

In proving the superior way of love, the apostle 
approaches the matter from three angles: I. The 
Priority of Love; II. The Properties of Love; 
III. The Permanence of Love. 
13:1-3 The Priority of Love 

Read verses 1-3. If there is anything that is 
dangerous, it is a supposed spirituality which is 
not tempered by love. To have gifts, which Paul 
says all believers have, but not have love is per- 
sonally and corporately disastrous. 

The Corinthian church held up the gift of 
tongues as being of supreme importance; hence 
Paul brings this up first. It is possible to be very 
gifted by the Holy Spirit and yet not have a heart 
of love. A gift does not make you loving! It 
appears that the Corinthians had held out this one 
sign of the Spirit as being the pinnacle of spirit- 
uality. If you had this, you had arrived! If you 
didn't have this outward, mysterious phenomenon, 
you did not belong to the spiritually elite and 
thus became the object of scorn. You were going 
second or third class. As this matter erupted in 
Corinth, it led to mass confusion; the emphasis 
was placed so much on ecstatic speech that Paul 
had to limit the number of participants in it in 
a given service. Paul is saying that my tongues 
experience, even if it is of a higher order than 
really existed in the church (i.e. of angels), with- 
out love is useless. He did not say that this par- 
ticular gift of the Spirit was wrong; he practiced 
it himself. To the contrary, he defended its proper 
use and place; yet, if this or any other gift is 
placed above love in emphasis, it is useless, or 
even worse, just an irritating noise. The sound 
I make in ecstatic speech, if my life is not loving 
and loveable, is no better than the reverberations, 
the echoes, of brass or the clanging, shrill tones 
of cymbals. Thus, Paul has isolated the gift the 
Corinthians had stressed and said that it was in- 
adequate if unaccompanied by love. 

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Now Paul goes on to isolate gifts which he him- 
self would place as among the greatest, and he 
says that even these highest gifts are inadequate 
without love. Prophecy — spealiing God's Word for 
a person, situation or group or the speaking forth 
of the mind and counsel of God. Expository preach- 
ing of the Bible probably most closely resembles 
this gift today. Formerly it was by direct revela- 
tion, later by the exposing of the revealed will 
of God in the Scriptures. You may be able to speak 
forth the Word with power and precision, but if 
you do not have love qualities, you are nothing. 
Full knowledge of mysteries — insight into the 
truth of God which is too profound for human 
ingenuity. If you can take the hidden truth of 
God and make it plain to others, yet lack love, 
your gift is to little avail. You are nothing. All 
faith — If you have the mountain-moving kind of 
faith that Jesus spoke of, faith to see great ac- 
complishments in God's work, yet are without 
love, you are nothing. Knowledge — If you can 
make God and His truth understandable to people, 
have perception into His truth, yet do not have 
love, you are nothing. Note that Paul is saying 
that if you have the highest gifts with the great- 
est possible measure, both superlative and ex- 
haustive, (all mysteries, all knowledge, all faith), 
these without love are nothing at all. If these are 
highly desirable gifts and qualities, basic and 
essential to the working of the church, how im- 
portant love must be! The highest gifts do not 
in themselves lend any dignity to a person at all! 
Gifts, even greatest gifts, without love accompany- 
ing them are nothing, absolutely nothing! 


Moving on from the highest gifts, Paul shows 
love's priority by focusing on two acts of self- 
giving. 1. I may give away all my property (again 
all, wdthout reservation) bit by bit, doling it all 
out to care for the needy. 2. I may lay no longer 
claim to my life, my body. This may include either 
martyrdom, voluntary self-burning as an indica- 
tion of self-denial, or branding for slavery. Martyr- 
dom by burning, interestingly enough, was not 
heard of at this point in history. There were no 
burnings at the stake at this time in history. 
Nevertheless, the meaning here is stiU clear; "if 
I do the noblest act of self-denial without love, it 
was all for nothing." It seems inconceivable, yet 
it is true, that one could do these things without 
love. I can give away all my property as a philan- 
thropist, yet do it out of desire for recognition or 
some other intangible reward. Remember, the 
Pharisees gave alms to be noted of men. I can give 
my body in self-sacrifice out of a motivation no 
better than a Japanese kamakazie who would 
direct his plane into an enemy ship; or a Buddhist 
who would gasoline himself in protest. If I do 
apparently loving things without love, I have 
contradicted myself and I have no profit at all. 
Love is greater than possessions; it is even greater 
than human life itself! Love takes priority over 
every gift and over every good deed. Of course. 

gifts and deeds with love are best, but this was 
not the Corinthian problem. Neither is it a problem 
in the church today. Love is the missing ingre- 
dient. Paul is desiring both love and gifts, etc. 
13:4-7 II. The Properties of Love 

The question that rightfully comes to mind is, 
"What is this quality like?" How does love reveal 
itself? The properties of love which ensue in 
Paul's discussion are concerning love in the ab- 
stract, perfect love. He is going to appraise it as ^ 
a multi-faceted jewel. 

There are 8 qualities describing love in its effect i 
on personality. Patient, of long temper. Someone 
has defined this as "that quality of self-restraint ' 
in the face of provocation which does not hastily 
retaliate or promptly punish." Kind — Not only 
does it absorb the harshness of another; it re- 
turns with kindness. Love goes the second mile; 
it forgives the 70 x 7. Not jealous, not envious or 
overdesirous. For the Corinthian, it did not look ; 
with envy at another's spiritual gift. In 12:15, 16 
we find that the foot envdes the hand and the ear 
envies the eye meaning that some felt their gift 
was not as important as another's. Love does not 
respond that way to the gifts, abilities or oppor- 
tunities of others. Does not brag — love is not vain- 
glorious, self-promoting. Love does not behave as 
a wind-bag or a show off. It does not, by its very 
nature, call attention to itself as a quality. Not I 
arrogant — the inner disposition related to the 
above outward quality. Love does not put on airs, 
is not arrogantly inflated. It does not think of f 
itself as something of which to be proud. This is 
a quality which the Corinthians did not possess 
(4:6, 18; 5:2). Not rude — love does not behave 
dishonorably, disgracefully or indecently. Not self- 
centered — rather love has a self -emptying capacity. 
This is the real test of love. Much of what goes by 
the name love today is just the opposite, it is 
selfishness. Not touchy — does not become irritated. 
Love does not get exasperated. The word 'easUy' 
is not in the original ; in fact, it is not in any known 
manuscript. It is possible that the translators add- 
ed it to take the pressure off of what love is like. 
Morgan wrote, "As a matter of fact multitudes 
of people have gone through life since 1611 (date 
of King James Version) excusing their evil temp- 
ers by saying they are not easUy provoked. Love 
is not provoked at all." (Great Chapters, p. 252; 
emphasis mine) 

There are seven qualities describing love in its 
relation to others. Does not hold grudge — it does 
not keep a logbook of offenses to be reckoned with 
later. Love does not calculatingly consider the evil 
done to it. "Love, instead of entering evil as a debt 
in its account-book, voluntarily passes the sponge 
over what it endures." (Godet) If we are holding 
something against another, regardless of what it 
is, in that respect we are short on love. Can any 
of us say that deeply and thoroughly our slate 
is clean? Does not gloat over other's sins. Con- 
versely, delights In the truth — Taldng these two 
together, love does not enjoy wrongdoing but is 
favorable to that which is right, straight, true, 
righteous, holy and pure. Love does not shut its 
eyes to wrongdoing, is not aU smooth in the pres- 
ence of evil, but especially delights in and pro- 
motes the good. Bears without limit — love pro- 
tects and preserves by covering with canopy or 
shield. It throws up a barrier between wrong and J 

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a wrongdoer. It keeps out resentment as a ship 
keeps out the water or a roof the rain. Unlimited 
in faith — This does not mean that love is gullible 
or easily deceived; rather, love remains confident, 
is not suspicious by nature. Unlimited hope — love 
is optimistic by nature. Unlimited endurance — love 
stays behind when others flee; it stands its ground 


At this point it is helpful to remember that the 
Bible says God is love. God, in His very essence, 
is the embodiment of these qualities in perfect 
form. Look back over them again and remind 
yourself that this is a description of the very na- 
ture of God and of Jesus Christ His Son. These 
are the properties of love, the properties of God. 

13:8-13 III. The Permance of Love 

In this final paragraph the apostle elevates love 
above everything else; because it is permanent, 
everlasting and will never be superceded by any- 
thing else. This is the force of verse 8. Love shall 
never become invalid or collapse; it will never 
pease to have force. As for prophecies, they will 
be one day rendered inoperative; they will be re- 
iuced to inactivity; they wall become of none 
2ffect. The time will come when there will be no 
place for speaking God's Word and His revelation 
Decause we shall all be in the very presence of 
jod. Tongues-speaking: wdll stop, they will make 
I willing cessation, they will stop themselves. 
There will be no need for personal or corporate 
Bdification through this means because everyone 
A'ill be in His very presence. Knowledge will also 
36 abolished because in that day we shall all know 
IS even also we are known. Love will outlast all 
?ifts, the greater as well as the lesser. Therefore, 
Paul implies, don't pin your hopes and spiritual 
joals on these temporary things; they at h)est are 
sassing away and will be finally reduced to in- 
ictivity. Love, by contrast, will endure forever. 

A question arises from verse 10, "To what does 
he perfect refer?" There are those who believe 
hat the perfect revelation came when the canon 
)f Scripture was completed; therefore, by this 
'easoning, tongues among other things were no 
ionger needed after that time. There is a historical 
lecline of tongues parallel to the forming of the 
Vew Testament catalogue of books until, of course, 
pur owTi time when speaking in tongues has again 
oecome prominent. But the context would not 
^em to favor this interpretation. Paul is speaking 
)f a time when partial knowledge shall give way 
o full, perfect knowledge. He refers to a time 
vhen he vrill break through distorted vision to 
:ace-to-face, eyeball-to-eyeball contact with the 
iternal. Since Paul himself was responsible for 
he bulk of New Testament vmtings, it is doubt- 
-ul if he is referring to the New Testament. It 
s doubtful if the New Testament fulfills the ex- 
pectations of which Paul here was writing. It is 
ny opinion that this is a very weak argument 
igainst the contemporary use of tongues. 

The supremacy of love is further illustrated by 
two figures. One is the pattern of growth in hu- 
man life. At the time we were infants we engaged 
in idle prattle, babbling — "I spoke as a child." We 
were infant minded, showing the undeveloped ex- 
ercise of a childish mind. We reasoned or reckoned 
as infants do. There is even in Paul's description 
of childhood a hint at growth and progression. But 
when I grew up I abolished (same word used of 
knowledge and prophecies in verse 8 ) these infant 
characteristics. He does not apply this openly, but 
it would seem that he is paralleling infancy to the 
"in part" idea of verse 9. "Manhood" then parallels 
the "perfect" of verse 10. According to our inter- 
pretation then we are still in tiiat infant stage 
to a degree. Prophecies, tongues, knowledge are 
part of the childhood stage and shall be until the 
perfect is come. But love, by implication, is a part 
of maturity; it will ne\er be laid aside as are 
these gifts. 

The second illustration is that of the distorted 
vision or reflection, verse 12. At the present time, 
seeing, perceptive seeing was imperfect and con- 
tained only a glimpse of the pure truth and life. 
"The thought of imperfect seeing is emphasized 
by the character of the ancient mirror, which 
was of polished metal, and required constant 
polishing . . . Corinth was famous for its manu- 
facture of these. . . . The figure of the mirror, 
illustrating the partial vision of divine things is 
frequent in rabbinical writings . . ." (excerpts 
from Vincent's Word Studies, in. loc. ) . Here again, 
the thrust is that no matter what our experience 
or our gift is, it is only a dim reflection of the 
greater reality which is to come. 

Finally, Paul makes one more statement to 
elevate love to its proper place. Love is not only 
greater than specialized gifts; it is even greater, 
surpassing in quality and importance, than other 
outstanding Christian graces. Love stands above 
even faith and hope; for faith shall one day give 
way to sight and hope shall finally be realized. 
Hope, if it could never be realized, would soon 
become despair, which is Ln fact its opposite. 

Chapter 14, verse la should also be taken along 
with chapter 13. As a conclusion to this careful 
exposition on the values, virtues and victories of 
love, one should pursue love. "Pursue" is the same 
thought as Paul expressed when he said "I press 
on toward the mark." "Press on toward the mark" 
of love. Strenuously pour yourself into attaining 
to love. Only with passionate devotion and deter- 
mined effort shall that goal be reached. 

This study must inevitably produce within us 
a sense of failure. If this is how love operates, 
how far short of that goal we still are! How we 
must be pursuing lesser ideals and lesser values 
in life! How content we must be with such lesser 
things! And yet we thank God for the measure in 
which we do know its values and properties! We 
do thank Him and praise Him for the evidence in 
experience which concurs with these words in this 
chapter! In this year we are giving our attention 
to praising the Lord. According to His word in 
I Corinthians 13, there is no better way to praise 
Htm than by pursuing diligently and with fer\'or 
that quaUty and characteristic which best repre- 
sents God Himself. "God is Love" — "Praise the 

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The Brethren EvangeUst 

World Religious News 

in Review 



URBANA, 111. (EP)— The five-day international 
missionary convention sponsored by Inter-Varsity 
Christian Fellowship opened here Dec. 27 with 
a record registration of 15,000 students for the 
10th tri-ennial convention on the campus of the 
University of Illinois. 

Speaking to the theme: "Jesus Christ — Lord of 
the Universe, Hope of the World," were Samuel 
Escobar, director of the Inter-Varsity movement 
in Canada; John R. W. Stott, rector of All Souls 
Church in London, and honorary chaplain to Her 
Majesty, the Queen of England; and John A. 
Alexander, president of Inter- Varisty. Other speak- 
ers included Edmund P. Clowney of Westminster 
Seminai-y, Phila. ; Paul Little, assistant to the 
president of Inter-Varsity and associate professor 
at Trinity Seminary; J. Christy Wilson, a Presby- 
terian missionary to Afghanistan; Gregorio Lan- 
dero of Colombia; Phdlip Teng, a Hong Kong 
pastor; and Samuel Moffett, Presbyterian mission- 
ary to Korea. 

Four students gave major addresses, including 
two blacks: Pius Wakatana, a Rhodesian student 
at Wheaton College on, "Culture and Social Qual- 
ifications for Overseas Service; and Russell 
Witherspoon from Brooklyn College on: "Where 
Do We Go from Here?" The other student 
addresses were delivered by Donald Curry, a stu- 
dent of medicine at the University of Calgary on: 
"What If I Don't Go Overseas?" and William 
Thomas of Brussells on "The Spiritual Qualifica- 
tions for Overseas Service." 

Elizabeth Elliot Leitch received a standing ova- 
tion following her delivery of an address titled, 
"The Place of Women in World Missions." Her 
brother, David Howard, served as director of the 
tri-ennial meeting. 

Among the exhibitors scattered throughout the 
Armory was the popular Intercristo, which 
matched students by computer with different 
options among mission boards and schools accord- 
ing to information contained on pre-registration 
forms. As the delegates arrived, Intercristo direct- 
ed each to the mission or training institution 
offering the opportunities sought. 

California had the largest delegation with 1,288. 
The host state, Illinois, was next with 1,283, fol- 
lowed by Missouri, Pennsylvania, New York, 
Minnesota, and Wisconsin. Chartered facilities 
during the energy crisis were undependable, leav- 
ing most students to find their own transportation. 

On Dec. 26, a bus carrying I-V staff members 
skidded and overturned on a rain-slick road 15 
miles south of O'Hare Airport, killing William 
Scadding of Toronto and Sue McClure from Beth- 
lehem, Pa., and injuring others. 

The convention was scheduled to end at the 
close of the year with Communion led by Mission- 
ary Samuel Moffett. While saddened by the fatal 

pre-convention accident, registrants rejoiced in the 
commitments made during the meeting which is 
held once in every student generation. 


FORT WORTH, Tex. (EP)— Jeanie C. Riley, the 
mini-skirted singer who zoomed to stardom five 
years ago with "Harper Valley PTA," talks about 
her life in show business and tells how God directs 
that life when she visits the Scrapbook Comer of 
"Country Crossroads" in February. The radio 
program, sponsored by the Southern Baptist Radio 
and Television Commission, is heard on 557 U.S. 
stations and on 350 more around the globe via. 
the Armed Forces network. 

Two years ago, when she was in a hospital 
suffering from exhaustion, she began reading 
"The Living Bible," paraphrased by Kenneth 

"I realized I didn't have the Lord because I'd 
never really trusted Him," she told "Country 
Crossroads" co-hosts LeRoy Van Dyke and Bill 
Mack. "Oh, I believed about Him, but I hadn't 
put my life into His hands for now and eternity. 
When I did that everything began to change." 

She cites "practical miracles" in the form ofi 
answered prayer about patience, calmness, and» 
time. And there have been other changes. 

Her mini-skirts have disappeared in favor ofi 
modest, yet very feminine attire. She'll drive alll 
night from a singing engagement in order to' 
attend Nashville's Forest Hills Baptist Church 
with her daughter, Kun. 

"I stUl like to look at the different architectural 
designs of buildings when I travel but I don't 
wonder 'who am I, how am I constructed?' any-! 
more. Since I came to know Jesus as my Savior 1 1 
know that God wants me to witness for Him in' 
my career." ! 


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (EP)— "Prayer 
saved my life," an Air Force pilot who was heldi 
prisoner by the North Vietnamese during 1967-6S 
told more than 400 military men and women al| 
the Air Force Academy here. 

Speaking during the academy's annual National 
Prayer Breakfast, Col. Norris M. Overly, 44, now 
vice-commander of the Lowry Technical Trainingi 
Center in Denver, also told his audience: "America' 
is in many ways a troubled land today." 

"Today there is a need for inner leadership tci 
promote the social cohesion and moral staminei 
which this nation must have to survive and del 
great things," the colonel said. 

The former prisoner of war was piloting a B-57 
light bomber when he was shot down Sept 15 
1967. He was one of three American POWs rO' 
leased by the North Vietnamese government or 
February 16, 1968, "as a gesture of goodwill." 

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NEW YORK (EP)— Bible Societies and other 
groups published Scriptures in 27 languages and 
dialects in 1973, bringing the total "Scripture 
language count" to 1,526. 

Complete books of the Bible were published in 
25 languages or dialects, ranging from Achual 
(spoken in Peru) to Yakurr (spoken in Nigeria), 
'according to a report by the American Bible 
Society here. 

The 26th new language was reported to be 
"Kewa:West," a dialect spoken in Australia. It was 
used in a translation of the New Testament. 
I The Scripture statistics were compiled by the 
United Bible Societies, a worldwide fellowship of 
66 national Bible Societies, one of which is the 
lAmericEm Bible Society. The United Bible Socie- 
ties work in more than 150 countries and 


BURLINGTON, Iowa (EP)— Orville Kelly, a 43- 
year-old father of four young children who is 
dying of cancer, has formed a club for persons 
like himself. 

"At first I felt sorry for myself," said Kelly, 
who also invites friends of dying loved ones to 
join his club. "I held God responsible. Otherwise, 
why would He let this happen to me?" 

Now, Kelly admits, 'T ask myself how I could 
doubt the e.xistence of God — when I hear a child's 
laughter on a summer evening, or see around me 
the miracle of life itself." 

"Make Today Count" is the name of the new 
organization. Eighteen people attended the first 
meeting. There is no structured program, just the 
opportunity for people to "talk out their grief." 


RALEIGH, N.C. (EP)— A singing group of 
Roman Catholic nuns called "R.S.V.P." was barred 
from a scheduled appearance in a Baptist church 
here by the local bishop. 

j The Rev. Vincent S. Waters denied permission 
to the nuns from the Medical Mission Sisters 
Society, based in Philadelphia, because he has a 
dress code requiring nuns to appear in their habits 
— traditional religious garb. 

The nuns were to have led a three-day work- 
shop on worship, which was cancelled as a result 
of Bishop Water's decree. 

Baptist minister Mel Williams, associate pastor 
of the church, said the Sisters felt their ministry 
,would be jeopardized if they bucked the local 
ruling. They discarded their habits in 1968 with 
approval from Rome. 


ALBANY (EP) — State investigators say mem- 
bers of the Children of God who leave the un- 
usual cult often can't bring themselves to take 
employment, wake up in terror at night, and 
harbor other unwanted memories of brainwashing 
itechniques used by the cult to indoctrinate new 

1 A 23-page report has been prepared by the 
Attorney General's Charity Frauds Bureau citing 
"possible legal action" against the movement in 
|New York State. 

I State lawyers are proceeding cautiously for fear 
they might be Infringing on freedom of religion. 
iThey expressed hopes that the movement will 
,"dry up and blow away" as others have done. 
j The state says the Children of God seeks to 
jalienate new disciples from "family, school, 
ichurch and society." In answering charges that 
premarital sex is condoned, C.O.G. leader David 
Berg declared: "There is no such thing as pre- 
marital sex because sex with the one you love is 
I marriage . . . that's the way it was with Adam 
and Eve. 

WORLD POPULATION: 3,800,000,000, 

PENSACOLA, Fla. (EP) — The global popula- 
tion stands at 3,800,000,000, increasing at about 
200,000 per day, according to the Vice President 
for Academic Affairs, University of West Florida. 

Arthur H. Doerr said here that population 
statistics show the world receives more than 
70,000,000 more people each year. The current 
annual growth rate of the world's population 
hovers around two per cent, he said. 

In a speech delivered before the Pensacola Home 
Builders Association, Dr. Doerr said world popu- 
lation will double in 35 years. In underdeveloped 
countries the growth rate is as high as 3.5 per 
cent per year. The population doubling time for 
such countries is 20 years. 

"The spectre of a rapidly rising world popula- 
tion haunts governments, planners, and economists 
because of the obvious Impact upon available 
resources and the environment," the educator 

The National Center for Health Statistics in 
Washington said this week that the birth rate in 
the U.S. fell to the lowest level in the nation's 
history in 1973. 


RYE, N.Y. (EP)— More than $4.2 million in 
funds of the New York Conference of the United 
Methodist Church was improperly invested in 
loans to faltering businesses, according to a re- 
port by the president of the Conference Trustees. 

In a letter to lay and clergy members of the 
500-congregation Conference, the Rev. Richard 
Thomberg offered a progress report on steps 
that have been taken to recover some of the losses 
and institute procedures to prevent them from 
happening again. His report came a week after 
a more general report by Bishop W. Ralph Ward. 

Corporate Treasurer Robert W. Preusch had 
made the investments without obtaining proper 
authorization, according to a letter Bishop Ward 
sent out last Fall. Mr. Preusch has since been sus- 
pended "for cause." 

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and prayed for my liberation. 


you wondered wasn't that 

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God's loving care. 


and you left me alone 

to pray for me. 

You seem so holy. 

You seem so close to God. 

But I am still hungry and lonesome; 

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"A little child on a summer morning stood in 
a great Cathedral Church. The sunlight streamed 
through the beautiful stained glass windows and 
the figures in them of the servants of God were 
bright with brilliant color. A little later the ques- 
tion was asked, 'What is a saint?' and the child 
replied, 'A saint is a person who lets the light 
shine through.' " 

Trinity Brethren Newsletter 


His subject was "How To Make A Speech 
Interesting." I attended with eager anticipation. I 
wanted to learn how to do it — that's why I made 
the effort to attend. I did encounter a problem, 
however, which later made me regret the invest- 
ment of my time because shortly after he had' 
begun I went to sleep and missed his speech on 
"How To Make A Speech Interesting." 

from LeTourneau Now 

"Horse sense needs stable thinking." 

"Most people commit the same mistake with I 
God that they do with their friends; they do alll 
the talking!" 

Bethlehem Brethren Church Bulletin i 

"The devil doesn't care how much good we do, 
so long as we don't do it today." 

Hagerstown Newsletter 

A reputation once broken may pvossibly be re- 
paired, but the world wall always keep its eye^ 
on the crack. 

Do you know when the event of the year is? 

March 23, 1974 

Page Three 

By the Way 


T^^a (felted? 

by Lois Breiner 

AMID THE WALL'S profane and clever quips, 
its garbage stains and splintered bricks, sprawled 
two words: WHO CARES? The dripping black 
letters dwarfed neighboring grossities and won 
la place in my memory as the most poignant piece 
of graffiti I'd ever seen. 

Future trips past the wall revealed attempts for 
purification with the city's white-wash. But no 
amount of paint could blot out the bold and haunt- 
ing inquiry: Who cares? 

We Christians say we care. I say I care. But 
unless our actions accompany said caring, we wax 
insincere. Talking (and writing I go only so far. I 
have heard preachers speak in abstractions and 
I J generalities about the love of God. Yet speaking 
i!of God's love becomes overridden by clanging 
'gongs if not made concrete by our actions. 

It's easy for me to write this. Sitting here in 
my office gives me plenty of time to choose the 
words best-suited for making an impact or desired 
'effect. But what about back there at that filthy 
wall, confronted by the scrawled graffiti or its 
dejected author? 

Could I choose my words as carefully? Could 
I communicate that there is a God who cares 
when I do not sincerely care? What words can 
subtly paint my portrait as another Christian 
afraid to dirty his hands attempting to build a 
better world? 

A phrase seemingly taboo in evangelical circles 
is "social gospel." The common connotation of 
this is salvation through one's good works or 
chalking up brownie points with God. Yet, if we 
ignore society in our salting of the earth, what 
is the use of having any seasoning? If not social, 
then what is our gospel? 

It is redemptive, yes; hearts are changed, true. 
But where does that take us if we stop there? 
Christians need to exorcise the taboo associated 
with social gospel. We must become, through ac- 
tions accompanied by a sincere witness, active 
answers to the question: Who cares? 

Through the reality of our contact wdth Christ, 
we have a comer on the market of love, trust 
and compassion. Nevertheless, we cannot sit for- 
ever on our holy hills and expect our sanctified 
vibrations to penetrate the world. 

We publish proclcunations such as the "Declara- 
tion of Evangelical Social Concern" and sigh with 
relief, smugly patting our heads in approval. See, 
we say, evangelicals are concerned. We do care; 
just read our forthright claims. 

Organized purposes and written goals are nice. 
Very impressive. But can we read our paper para- 
bles of good works in answer to the wall's per- 
sistent: Who cares? 

The words of a fellow-Christian worm their way 
into my thoughts. 

"The way I figure," she stated, "as a Christian, 
I have it made. Amazing grace, eternal life, the 
whole bit. God loves me no matter what I do or 
don't do. Sure, I could knock myself out working 
for a cause or for somebody I believe in. I could 
go live in the ghetto and try to understand. 

"But nothing would get accomplished or some- 
body would get shot or I'd get bitten by a rat or I 
wouldn't do any good. So why bother? In Christ 
I'm free to choose, so I choose not to." 

When I think of her potent honesty, the Phari- 
saical prayer begins: "Thank God that I am not 
like my friend. . . ." Suddenly, rebuke emerges, 
crying, "Dear God, forgive me, for I am exactly 
like my friend." Though I do not condone her 
thoughts, my actions speak otherwise. 

What good does caring do? Not much. Not untU 
we take our care and channel it wherever we feel 
led. We can act individually or unite for a cause 
through our church. We pray to gain possession 
of the Christian life. Next we must pray for the 
guts to live it. 

We can fight injustice, poverty, clean up porno- 
graphy, protest constructively, boycott discrimin- 
ating businesses, adopt a person or family; the list 
is endless. We must give ourselves again and 
again, doing everything in the name of Christ as 
a visible definition of His love. Peter Marshall 
said, "I wonder what would happen if we all 
agreed to read one of the Gospels until we came 
to a place that told us to do something, then went 
out, and only after we had done it . . . begin read- 
ing again?" 

Love is not love untU we give it away. How 
much longer can we hoard Christ's love? Do we 
truly care? If so, I dare us to do something 
about it. 

Miss Breiner is assistant Editor of United 
Brethren Publications and her article is re- 
'printed from ''THE UNITED BRETHREN" 
with permission. 

Page Four 

The Brethren Evangelist 





The friends of Jesus wanted to show Him their 
love. They wanted to honor Him. They remem- 
bered the Itindness of Jesus. They remembered 
His loving ways. 

One man said, "I was blind. Jesus came and 
touched my eyes, and now I can see." 

A woman said, "I was lonely and unhappy. 
Jesus came and talked to me. He showed me how 
to find happiness." 

Even the children remembered the loving-l?ind- 
ness of Jesus. They said, "He is our friend. He 
is never too busy to play with us." 

Jesus loved these people and had helped them 
in many ways. How could they show their love 
for Him? How could they honor Him? 

It was Passover time in Palestine. All the people 
were going to Jerusalem to celebrate this great 
feast. It was a happy time for everyone. 

The city of Jerusalem was crowded. People 
were trying to find a place to stay. Children were 
running and playing among the crowds of people. 
Suddenly the people inside the gates of the city 
heard shouting and singing outside the city gates. 
Down the road came another crowd of people with 
a man riding on a donkey. 

An old man asked, "Who is it?" 

A boy looking far down the road answered, "It 
is Jesus." 

The children shouted, "It is Jesus, our friend." 

They took palm branches from the trees. They 
ran towards Jesus waving the branches and sing- 
ing, "Hosanna! Hosanna! Jesus is here; Praise 
God for His Son! Praise God in heaven!" 

Jesus was inside the city gates now. The people 
followed Him into the temple yard. The children 
were still shouting and singing, "Jesus is here! 
Praise God for His Son." 

A temple leader said to Jesus, 
what these children are saying?" 

Jesus smiled at the children, 
praising Me." 

"Tell them to be quiet," demanded the temple 

"The Bible says children praise God best of all," 
answered Jesus. 

And He left the temple with the children follow- 
ing Him and still shouting happily, "Jesus is here! 
Praise God for His Son!" 

— ^Based on Matthew 21:1-17 
Memory Scripture: Mark 11:9 

Do you hear 
they are 


/ /■ l\ \ 

March 23, 1974 

Page Five 


Wait for me, Jack," called Jose. He ran to 
catch up with his friend. The two boys continued 
on their way to school. 

"It seems funny," said Jack. 

"What does?" asked Jose. 

"That we will be going to school in July and 
August," explained Jack. "Those are vacation 
months back home." 

"There will be holidays," said Jose. 

"I know," said Jack. 

By this time the boys had reached the school. 

"See you in the park after school," said Jack 
as the boys went to their classrooms. 

After school the sidewalk was filled with laugh- 
ing, shouting, running boys and girls. Many of 
Ithem headed for the park. When they were still 
a distance from it they heard guitar music. 

Jack smiled. 

"Your parents have the loud speaker set up," 
said Jose. 

Jack nodded. Suddenly he fell flat on the side- 
walk. A big boy leaning against a tree laughed. 

"You tripped him!" shouted Jose. "Are you 
hurt, Jack?" 

"He's an evangelico," declared the bully. "I'll 
do more than trip him if he doesn't stay away 
from the rest of the kids." 

Jack got up slowly, brushed the dirt from his 
clothes and examined the scrape on his knee. Then 
he looked at the boy who had tripped him. 

"I know you," he said. "You're Antonio." 

"Sure," said the big boy. "And I'm not an 

"Can't we be friends anyway?" asked Jack. 

"Are you crazy?" said Jose. "Antonio just 
tripped you. Now you're asking him to be your 

■ "I need lots of friends," answered Jack. "I would 
like to have a big boy like Antonio for my friend." 

Antonio looked at Jack. "You are crazy," he 
said, "but I think I like you. Where are you 

"To the park to hear the music," answered Jack. 
"Come with us?" 

"I like music, but I never heard those songs," 
said Antonio. 

"It's good music," said Jose. "It tells a story — 
a true story. Come with us." 

Jack and Jose each took one of Antonio's hands 
and slightly tugged at him. 

"Oh, aU right," he said. 

As he walked between the boys he shook his 
Ihead. Why was he, the neighborhood bully going 
to the park with two younger boys — one of them 
!an evangelico, at that? 

"Oh, well," he thought, "it might be fun. I do 
like music and I might learn some new songs." 

Jack winked at Jose and Jose smiled broadly as 
they hurried to the park wdth Antonio. He would 
hear some good music. He would learn some new 
songs — just the kind a bully needed to learn. 

Page Six 

The Brethren Evangelist 


Rodger H. Geaslen 


The Generation Gap 

The expression "generation gap" is frequently 
heard and also seen in print today. It is taken to 
mean that one age group is not supposed to 
understand the motives, thoughts, words and 
deeds of another group. 

A generation is often spoken of as thirty-three 
years and the implication is that those over that 
age do not understand the younger group — 
especially the teen-agers! 

Was it not the same in King Solomon's day? 
He said: "There is a generation that curseth their 
father, and doth not bless their mother. There 
is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, 
and yet is not washed from their filthiness. There 
is a generation, O how lofty are their eyes! and 
their eyelids are lifted up" (Proverbs 30:11-13). 

Certainly circumstances are different in each 
generation and we need not expect the young 
people to dress or act as did the older generation. 
The outward differences, if harped upon, only 
intend to increase the "gap." It is the heart that 
the Lord looks upon. It is the heart we should 
seek to win! 

We have learned recently of bold delinquents 
who went to camp with the motive of distrubing 
the camp. But their hearts were won by the love 
of the Lord and of the workers! When they re- 
turned, the authorities marvelled to see that the 
capturing of the heart had accomplished what all 
their rules and restraints had failed to accomplish. 

In Christ's day there were those who were called 
"a generation of vipers" (Matthew 3:7); "an evil 
and adulterous generation" (Matthew 12:39); 
"this wicked generation" (Matthew 12:45); "a. 
faithless and perverse generation" (Matthew 17: 
17); and a "sinful generation" (Mark 8:38). These 
Scriptures were rather designating a certain class 
of people rather than an age group; but all were 
headed for misery and judgment. 

There need be no "generation gap" if we willl 
but listen to the teachings of the Lord! Luke l:50i 
tells us: "His mercy is on them that fear Him! 
from generation to generation!" 

How delightful for old and young — for all' 
classes — to be part of the "chosen generation"! 
showing forth the praises of Him who hath called* 
us out of darkness into His marvelous lightil 
(1 Peter 2:9). Love for our blessed Lord cani 
smooth out many a "gap." 

March 23, 1974 

Page Seven 


ASHLAND, Ohio — The world famous Vienna 
Choir Boys were featured as the final concert of 
the 1973-74 Ashland College Artist Series Tuesday 
March 5 at 8:15 P.M. in the Hugo Young Theatre. 

The choir, on its 30th North American tour, 
' presented its traditional three-part program of 
folk songs, sacred music and the staged comic 
j operetta, "The Jealous Primadonna." 

This season's operetta is a humorous behind- 
the-scenes look at undying love in an opera house, 
a rarely heard 19th century work by Johann Klerr, 

especially prepared in a brand new production 
with the Vienna Choir Boys in full costume. 

The first part of the program included sacred 
works from Palestrina and other early masters 
from Michael Haydn and Schubert to today. 

The remainder of the program featured secular 
and folk songs and Austrian delights, such as 
Johann Strauss' Tritsch-Tratsch Polka. 

The choir is made up of 22 boys between the 
ages of eight and fourteen and has been presented 
on 29 previous tours by impresario Sol Hurok. 

One of the outstanding musical attractions of 
one of the world's most musical cities, the boys 
have been a prominent feature in Vienna since 
1498, when the Hapsburg Emperor Maximilian 
established the group for the Austrian Court's 
private religious services. Each year fewer than 
100 boys, only ten per cent of the applicants, are 
admitted to the institution. 

Before admission to one of the choirs, students 
receive two years of training. Each boy is given 
an academic education in addition to his musical 
one, and, when his voice changes, is aided by the 
institution in furthering his education for the 
career of his choice. 

Visitors to Vienna can hear the Choir not only 
in the baroque Hofmusikkapelle and in St. 
Stephen's Cathedral but often, in performances 
requiring children, at the Vienna State Opera. The 
boys have also become familiar to millions of 
Americans through the Walt Disney hit movie 
"Almost Angels," an ABC television special and 
the Ed Sullivan Show. 


On the Subject Of 

Their Own Honesty and That of Public Officials 

An overwhelming majority (88 per cent of over 
74,000) of America's high school students think 
public officials are dishonest in some way: while 
40 per cent feel that most public officials are dis- 
honest in some way, 48 i>er cent think many, but 
not most are dishonest. Only 12 per cent feel that 
none are dishonest. 

The survey of how young people regard their 
own values and those of public officials was con- 
ducted among junior and senior high school stu- 
dents by Scholastic's National Institute of Student 
Opinion through ballots in the January 31st issues 
of Junior Scholastic cuid Senior Scholastic maga- 
zines. The results were released today. 

When these same students were asked what 
they would do if they had an opportunity to cheat 
on an important exam and believed they would 
not be caught, 45 per cent said they would not 
cheat in any case, 37 per cent said they didn't 
know, and only 18 per cent said they would cheat. 

On the subject of cheating on income taxes, 48 
per cent think it is a serious offense, 33 per cent 

a moderately serious offense, and only 19 per cent 
view cheating on income tax as a minor offense. 

In a more intimate personal vein, the young 
people responded with compassion and integrity 
to the query as to what they would do if they 
found a friend of theirs was shoplifting. Fifty- 
seven per cent would try to talk the friend into 
returning the stolen items, or paying for them 
and not stealing again. Seven per cent would tell 
the friend's parents about it. Three per cent would 
tell the police, and 7 per cent would tell someone 
at school like a teacher or counselor. Twenty-six 
per cent said they would do nothing. 

Scholastic Magazines, through its National In- 
stitute of Student Opinion, conducts four student 
opinion polls during each school year. This is the 
third of the 1973-74 school year. Scholastic Maga- 
zines, Inc. has regularly polled students on im- 
portant issues since the founding of NISO in 

From: Sonia Levinthal 

Page Eight 

The Brethren Evangelist 

n e^ir s 



Miss Sherry Barnhart became the wife of Mr. 
Kenneth Van Duyne on March 9, 1974 in a cere- 
mony in the First Brethren Church of Gratis, 
Ohio with Pastors William Walk and Fred Burkey 
officiating the ceremony. 

Sherry is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Virgil 
L. Barnhart of Germantown, Ohio. She graduated 
from Ashland College and is presently employed 
by the National Board of Christian Education and 
Madison Board of Education teaching Junior High 
Math. Ken is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Fredrick 
Van Duyne of Argos, Indiana. He is presently 
in his Junior year at Ashland College and em- 
ployed by the Ohio Board of Christian Education 
as the Program Director for Camp Bethany. 

Sherry is a member of the Gratis Brethren 
Church and Ken is a member of the Tiosa, Indiana 
Brethren Church. They are presently active in the 
Park Street Brethren Church. They will reside at 
36 Samaritan Ave., Ashland. 


Lois Briner and Dennis Spaw were united in 
marriage on February 23, in the sanctuary of the 
North Manchester Indiana First Brethren Church 
by Pastor Woodrow A. Immel. Mrs. Spaw is the 
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Briner. 

The newlyweds plan to live at 1904 Legoma St., 
Fort Wayne, Indiana. 


Michael Sites and Lisa Jerew were married on 
November 5, 1973 in the sanctuary of the First 
Brethren Church. Michael is the son of Mr. and 
Mrs. Elmer Sites, and Lisa is the daughter of 
Mrs. Thelma Jerew and the late Duane Jerew. 

Mike and Lisa have remodeled Mike's Grand-* 
father Shocks' country home and moved in follow- 
ing their wedding. 


Robert Chalfant and j£m MacFarland wereT- 
united in marriage on January 20th in the North 
Manchester First Brethren Church by Pastor 
Woodrow Immel. Mrs. Chalfant's sister, Mrs. Don 
Drudge, played the piano and her brother Ted 
was a member of the wedding party. 

The young couple are members of this year's 
graduating class but have completed their re- 
quired work at the end of the first semester; and 
both are employed locally. 


William E. Day and Sharon Bellinger were • 
united in marriage in a double ring ceremony on ; 
February 16th in the North Manchester First 
Brethren Church by the Pastor Rev. Woodrow 

Sharon is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William 
O. Bellinger and the granddaughter of Orville 
Jobson, foreign missionary; and also Mrs. Ruth 
(Kimmel) Smoker. 

March 23, 1974 

Page Nine 




Mrs. Mary McKinney, 85, passed away on Feb- 
ruary 19, 1974 in the Oak Hill Hospital. She was 
a member of the First Brethren Church of Oak 
I Hill, West Virginia, and the Women's Missionary 
Society; she was a native of Coalburg. 

Services were held in the church on Thursday, 
February 21st with Rev. William Skeldon, Rev. 
David Mahoney and Rev. C. S. Donnelly officiat- 
ing. Burial in High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak 

Surviving are a son Clifton Treadway of Fay- 
etteville; daughters Mrs. George Mae Helton and 
Mrs. Louise Grablick of Oak HiU; Mrs. Edith 
Collins of Lincoln Park, Michigan and a step- 
daughter Mrs. Edith Coleman of Fayetteville ; 6 
grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren. 

Mr. and Mrs. Frank G. Lambert of the First 
Brethren Church Sergeantsville, New Jersey, cele- 
brated their 55th Wedding Anniversary on 
March 12. 


To Rev. Bradley and Karen Weidenhamer, a 
son, Evan Ray, December 10, 1973. Bradley is the 
Ashland Theological Seminary Librarian and 
serves as Minister of Music in The First Brethren 
Church, Park Street, Ashland, Ohio. 

A son, Jack La Von III to Rev. Jack and Dodi 
Oxenrider, born November 13, 1973. Jack is pres- 
ently serving as the Shipshewanna Retreat Center 

* * * 

A daughter, Cortney Lynn, born January 10 
to Rev. Tom and Kay Hurley. Tom is presently 
holding the office of Associate District Executive, 
Crossroads of America Council, Boy Scouts of 


Sarasota, Florida — 8 by baptism 


FIFTY YEARS AGO: While on a tour from some 
of the Central District churches to Johnstown, 
Rev. C. Y. Yoder stopped by Ardmore, Indiana 
and spoke to a gathering of former members of 
his congregation of the Fairview Church held at 
the home of Glenn Carpenter. 

pastor, reported that March 13 was the Thirty- 
ninth anniversary of the dedication of the Meyers- 
dale Brethren Church. 

TEN YEARS AGO: Residents of the Brethren 
Home in Flora, Indiana signed the editorial by 
Rev. Spencer Gentle pertaining to the "Prayer 
Amendment" introduced to Congress and mailed 
it to their congressmen. 

Pag-e Ten The Brethren Evangelisi 


Dear Brethren Believers: 

When you read "0, Me Of Little Faith" (financial report in this 
issue), it won't be difficult to detect our rejoicing over the Brethren finan- 
cial response for World Relief in 1973. 

A TOTAL OF $13,502! This increase of $4,003 over 1972 is excellent. 


The articles and reports and pictures in the EVANGELIST tell the 
story of World Relief in action — ft story of Christian stewardship and 
spiritual ministry that we can all he a part of. 

As I think ijou realize. Brethren World Relief giving is channeled 
through the WORLD RELIEF COMMISSION of the National Association 
of Evangelicals. Under this arrangement we are joining with 38,000 other 
local evangelical churches to help thousands of needy people in many coun- 
tries — something we could never do by ourselves. WRC reaches to Senegal, 
Mauritania, Mali, Upper Volta, Niger, Chad, Bangladesh, Korea, Sudan, 
Zaire, Nicaragua, Chile, Vietnam, Laos, India. 

With the assistance of WRC, we provide the follotving literature to 
explain both the great good accomplished with your gifts, and the tre- 
mendous needs that are yet unfilled: 

MAILED TO EACH CHURCH— (in quantity) 

(1) "PEOPLE NEED YOU" — a brochure with pictures explaining 
the HOW? WHERE? WHY? and WHEN? of WRC work. It 
also outlines what various amounts of money will accomplish. 

(2) OFFERING ENVELOPES— for those churches with a stand- 
ing order. 


(1) MARCH 23rd — This issue which you hold includes "Mar-ried 
to A Traveling Man," "0, Me Of Little Faith," listing of Visual 
Aids, "Grass Mats" Story, special reports about Bangladesh, 
Korea, Chile and Vietnam. 

(2) APRIL 6th — The next issue brings you "Christian Loves 
Cares," Reports from the "Sub-Sahara" Countries, Sewing 
Neivs, General Conference features, and special reports about 
Bangladesh, Laos, and A Christian School in Vietnam. 

PLEASE TAKE A CLOSE LOOK at all this literature. SUGGEST 
that a World Relief film be shown IN YOUR CHURCH in the near future. 
YOU CAN HELP. Give through your church or, if you are a non- 
resident member, send a contribution directly to our committee treasurer, 
Mr. George Kerlin. 

Thanks for your help and emphasis and prayers 
Signed: Pastor Phil Lersch, for the Brethren 
World Relief Committee 

(Mrs.) Helen Dickson 
George Kerlin 
(Mrs.) Aida May Munson 
Joe Hanna 

March 23, 1974 

Page Eleven 


A World Relief Story 

by Mrs. Everett (Lillian) Graffam 

Mrs. Everett S. Graffam 

reason I can stand it is because I want to. I want 
to see God's work done in our needy world, and 
if God has called my liusband to travel for His 
sake, I want to help all I can. 

Circumstances have strengthened my basic con- 
viction that I am as surely called by God to stay 
as my husband is to g-o. This knowledge dignifies 
my loneliness ( when I have it i with eternal mean- 
ing. I am having a part in the fufilling of God's 
purpose in the world. This is exciting! 

And I am not only sharing in God's purposes, 
but also sharing in my husband's outreach. He 
feels that when I keep things going in the home 
and at my desk, when I give moral and spiritual 
support, when I let him go without making him 
feel guilty, it is almost as good as being with him. 
I share in the results of his ministry in absentia. 

Recently a high USAID official asked me: "How 
do you feel about Everett being away so much?" 
I answered: "As a woman I don't particularly 
like it. But when I feel a little sorry for myself 
I am reminded that because I let my husband go 
with my blessing, today perhaps thousands of 
children will eat who woudn't have, if he were 
not on the job." This makes the high price of 
separation worthwhile. 

"Isn't it hard to rear children with a father's 
help so limited?," I'm often asked. Yes, it is. Fam- 
ily life has to be different from the so-called norm, 
but that doesn't make it abnormal. I must work 
harder, make more decisions, and help the chil- 
dren form healthy attitudes towards their father. 
If they hear me say when he is going out the 
door, "We'll be praying for you," then they know 
they too are sharing in his ministry. 

Women whose children are grown, as are our 
three, don't have to give in to despair and the 
rock-chair mentality when left alone. Life can be 
very e.xciting and fulfilling as we find new tasks 
for God or humanity, or learn new skills through 
continuing education. 

Then a husband can return to a serene wife who 
makes the home a restful sanctuary where he can 
recoup his emotional and physical energies. She 
will continue to be an important part of his life. 
The absences which threaten marriage actually 
make her a finer, more interesting person — one 
a husband is eager to get home to. 

(First printed in The Presbyterian 
Journal, used by permission.) 

Dr. Everett S. Graffam is executive vice- 
president of the World Relief Com,mission, 
the overseas relief agency through, ivhich 
Brethren World Relief Offerings are chan- 
neled to help the needy. 

Page Twelve 

"Companions in Connpasslon" 

The Brethren Evangelist 

"Companions in Compassion" 

World Relief in KOREA 

Ktvang Ju Christian Hospital hi Korea 

(I. to r.) George Doud, WRC overseas 

administrator; Dr. R. B. Dietrich, director 

of hospital; Richard Pendell, WRC staff. 

Because of greater needs in other parts of the 
world, the World Relief Commission has trans- 
ferred its major projects in KOREA (begun 17 
years ago) over to Korean Christians. But WRC 
continues aid to leprosy victims, children at the 
Inchon School for the Blind (visited by Phil and 
John Lersch in 1972), and several orphanges in- 
cluding Kwang Than Home (which sent a girls 
Chorale to the USA last year. 

WRC is also cooperating in Korea with South- 
em Presbyterians at the Kwang Ju Hospital, 
directed by Dr. R. B. Dietrick. By providing mov- 
able medical and surgical units, the staff will be 
able to serve four satellite areas of 4 million 

Another example of Brethren World Belief 
dollars doing things! ... in the name of Jesus 

Special Notice to: 


Please send all contributions for World Relief to: 
Mr. George Kerlin, Treasurer 
1318 East Douglas 
Goshen, Indiana 46526 

WRC Gives 



In a Santiago, Chile, suburb, a jealous brawl 
between a husband and wife resulted in a fire, 
making 43 persons homeless. The World Relief 
Commission and their Chilean counterpart agency 
quickly brought emergency rations and Bibles. 

"The people gathered round the truck," writes 
WRC's Terry Dalke, Director for Chile. "As the 
Bibles were passed out they exclaimed: 'A Bible! 
Who are you and why are you giving us these 

"We explained that American and Chilean Chris- 
tians, out of Christian love and concern, wanted 
to help them. They were deeply touched and 

One man who lost his house had had a library 
of over 300 books, unusual for the average Chilean. 
He was able to save just one book — his Bible. 

The slogan of the World Relief Commission is 
"Food for the body and Food for the soul." 

This is another example of Brethren World 
Belief Dollars used wisely. 

"Companions in Compassion" 

WRC Assists Survivors 
of Typhoon Sarah in VIETNAM 

By telephone communication from Vietnam on 
November 15, 1973, the World Relief Commission 
learned that Typhoon Sarah devastated three 
provinces with water 18 feet above flood stage. 
Over 200,000 people were homeless. 

WRC, through their counterpart agency, the 
Christian Youth Social Service, immediately air 
shipped blankets and canned food to Quang Nam 
Province (includes DaNang), the emergency area 
assigned to WRC by the Government of South 

The Commission allotted $12,000 to this relief t 
project to provide a thousand blankets, rice, and I 
15,600 lbs. of flour from which CYSS baked i 
French-style loaves of bread. These commodities < 
were trucked to the homeless people. Where t 
trucks could not get through, the province chief ) 
and the Vietnam Navy provided helicopters and i 

CYSS has dispatched a team of 25 relief work- 
ers, including two doctors. All CYSS personnel 
are evangelicals and bring a Gospel witness in i 
some form to those they help. 

Another example of Brethi-en World Belief '] 
dollars at work! ... in the name of Jesus Christ. 

March 23, 1974 

Page Thirteen 

"Companions in Compassion' 

World Relief Projects in BANGLADESH 

Tractor jyrovided by WRC to Bengalis 
to increase food production in Bangladesh. 

"Golden Bengal" is still "bleeding Bangladesh" 
as they begin their third year of freedom. They 
need continuing help, as the annual income aver- 
ages only $62.00. 

WRC will continue emergency feeding, cloth- 
ing, medical care and housing. Long-range self- 
help programs have also been initiated. 

Food production will be accelerated under a 
one-time grant from USAID. WRC is administer- 
ing an agricultural project caring for 10,000 re- 
turned refugees and other war-affected people at 
Dacope Thana in Khulna District, under super- 
vision of Mr. Paul Munshi, a Bengali Christian. 

The Commission will provide technical assis- 
tance, rice and vegetable seed, fertilizer, irriga- 
tion pumps and fuel; and establish several co- 
operatives and training centers. 

New power tillers and a rice-seed bank will help 
restore unused land. A family may withdraw seed- 
rice sufficient to plant a third of an acre. This 
family will grow its own food, set aside seed grain, 
and repay the seed bank. In an economy based 
almost entirely on rice, this can make the differ- 
ence between life and death by starvation. 

Small businesses are producing grass mats from 
6-foot-tall reeds. (See story and picture elsewhere 
in this issue of the Evangelist.) 

"Under-Age-S" Clinics, caring for 6,000 under- 
nourished children, are fiuided soley by WRC. 
Personnel at the Chandragona Christian Hospital, 
a facility of the British Baptists, will give a child 
a bed, food, and treatment for $3.00 a month. 

Giving hope to women is the main purpose of 
the co-operative effort of WRC and Assemblies 
of God at the Chittagong Women's Rehabilitation 
Center. Widows, and others, tragic victims of the 
violence of civil war, are given a chance. Classes 
are taught in hand and machine sewing, knitting, 
embroidery, baby care, hygiene and family 

Education, both Christian and academic, has 
been given a boost. Missionaries report good re- 
sponse to their Bible correspondence courses. And 
in a student-to-student communication, Wheaton 
College has sent a large shipment of books to 
Jahangirnagar University in Dacca, to supple- 
ment the books WRC has already given to rebuild 
the library. 



ompanions in 




Aids Economic Recovery 


Glass Mats — a valuable commodity 
Bangladesh. Read about it here! 

A revolving fund established by the World Re- 
lief Commission encourages destitute farmers in 
the Khulna District of Bangladesh not only to cut 
the tall reeds in preparation for planting high- 
yield rice, but to use the grass to weave mats. 

The Commission pays the farmers to clear the 
land, plant the rice, weave the mats, and then 
buys the mats and uses them for house sidings 
or sleeping mats for refugees. Other voluntary 
agencies have ordered thousands of these mats 
also, for their own relief programs. 

WRC's agricultural development project, cov- 
ering 2,000 aci-es and experimentation with "mir- 
acle rice," is managed by Christian Bengalis. 

Mr. Fred Gregory, WRC's director for Bangla- 
desh, says that "while this is only a small part 
of WRC's assistance in Bangladesh, it is literally 
a life-and-death matter to the farmers. Sharing 
the love of Christ has to be put into very prac- 
tical terms in a country like this where most 
people have so very little." WRC projects a spir- 
itual ministry along with material aid. 

This is another example of Brethren World 
Relief dollars working in practical ways. 

Page Fourteen 

The Brethren Evangelist 


One year ago, in the special World Relief issue 
of The Brethren Evangelist, I wrote the following: 

Brethren gave more money to World Relief in 
1973 than any year to date. In fact, $1,700 more 
than in 1971. 

This kind of growing interest and concern are 
not only good for the spirit of our church; it also 
means that additional hundreds of people in great 
need will reveive some relief from their oppres- 
sion. . . . 

What is a reasonable goal for 1973? $2,001 
more than last year, when we increased $1,700? 
A $2,001 increase would bring the 1973 total to 
an even $11,500. Let's give it a try ... do without 
some things . . . allow your heart to ache a little 
. . . we'll make it! I! 


Thanks be to God for supplying . . . and to you, 
Brethren, for responding to need. 

Do you wonder where that extra money came 
from? Here it is: 

$4,911 The total increased giving by 55 

-1,229 The total decreased giving in 28 

$3,682 The net gain in the church offerings. 
+ 300 The total increased giving from 

+ 21 The increase in the Conference Soup 
Supper profit. 


A look at our church's participation in World 

Relief is a picture of growth. Just 7y2 years ago 

our organized giving was "zilch" (or "zip" if you 

prefer). But the response has grown every year 

since then, as the following comparison indicates: 

Year Churches Individuals Receipts 


1966-67 26 5 $1,546 

1967-68 49 5 $4,630 

1968-69 65 18 $6,363 

1969-70 74 15 $7,316 

1971 81 17 $7,725 

1972 82 14 $9,499 

1973 75 10 $13,502 


71/2 Years' Total 

1974 ?? ?? ?? 

In addition to the $13,502 reported above for 
1973, a total of $1,210 was received from 16 church- 
es during the first 12 days of January, 1974. 

effect during the Spring of 1973 and Brethren 
responded. $315 came in designated for Bangla- 
desh, and $240 arrived for Managua. 

THREE CHURCHES began giving to World 
Relief for the first time in 1973. A "tip of the 
hat" to: 

Center Chapel SMM (Indiana) 
Massillon (Ohio) 
Oakville (Indiana) 
SPECIAL RECOGNITION also goes to thes 
12 churches for their sizeable gifts during 1973 
—all $300 or more: 

Pleasant Hill (Ohio) $729.10 

North Liberty ( Indiana ) $727.58 

West Alexandria (Ohio) $625.00 

Jefferson ( Indiana ) $594.85 

Ashland, Park Street (Ohio) $592.49 

Johnstown III (Pennsylvania) $525.00 

Louisville (Ohio) $432.43 

South Bend (Indiana) $400.00 

Sarasota (Florida) $389.11 

Smithville (Ohio) $360.19 

Bryan (Ohio) $331.00 

Waterloo ( Iowa ) $300.00 

tioned here because the gifts of each totaled $200 
or more during 1973. 

Gretna (Ohio ) $293.78 

St. James (Maryland) $271.16 

New Lebanon (Ohio) $270.00 

Gratis (Ohio ) $265.00 

Dayton (Ohio) $253.00 

Roann (Indiana) $250.00 

Corinth (Indiana) $216.85 

Johnstown II (Pennsylvania) $212.00 

Mason town (Pennsylvania) $200.00 

Nappanee (Iniana ) $200.00 

As a denomination, we still face the fact that a 
little over one-third of our churches (45) did not 
contribute to World Relief at all through the 
World Relief Committee during the calendar year 
of 1973. This is a few more churches than in 1972, 
so it becomes a matter for genuine concern for all 
of us. 


made possible the $4,003 increase last year. Here 

is the complete giving tally for 1973. 

Southeast District 









Kimsey Run 







Lost Creek 






Mt. Olive 


Oak Hill 



St. James 


March 23, 1974 

St. Luke 




Pennsylvania District 


Brush Valley 




Fairless Hills-Levittown 




Johnstown II 


Johnstown III 





Mt. Olivet 


Mt. Pleasant 



Quiet Dell 



Valley (Jones Mills) 








White Dale 


Ohio District 


Ashland (Park Street) 










Garber (Ashland) 














New Lebanon 


North Georgetown 

Pleasant Hill 


Smith ville 


West Alexandria 



Indiana District 








Center Chapel 


College Corner 




County Line 









Fort Wayne 
















Page Fifteen 





New Paris 


North Liberty 


North Manchester 









South Bend 








Winding Waters 

Central District 

Cedar Falls 


Cerro Gordo 









Midwest District 




Falls City 


Fort Scott 



California District 





Southwest District 

Papago Park 



Florida Churches 



St. Petersburg 


Total Church Offerings 


Individual's Gifts 


Soup Supper Profit 


1973 Grand Total 


Now I'm on the spot! Last year I underestimat- 
ed our giving capabilities for World Relief . . . 
and was pleasantly overjoyed at the results. This 
year if I get carried away and overestimate what 
we Brethren will do in 1974 . . . and we don't reach 
the goal . . . then we'll feel defeated. But on the 
other hand, if we don't face a challenge. . . . 

I've got an idea! Read carefully the World Relief 
articles in this Evangelist and the next (April 
6th). Allow the plight of the underprivileged to 
grasp a portion of your "sensitivity." 

Evaluate the gap between the abundance of 
most of us and the great needs of most of them. 
Then I can leave the motivation for giving be- 
tween you and the bidding of God (which is 
where it belongs to begin with). 

"Let's give it a try ... do without some things 
. . . allow your heart to ache a little . . . we'll 
make it! I!" 

Pastor Phil Lersch, Chairman 
Brethren World Relief Committee 

Page Sixteen The Brethren Evangelis 

World Relief VISUAL AIDS Available . . . 

For Use Throughout The Year 

From Pastor Phil Lersch 
6301 56fh Avenue, North 
St. Petersburg, Florida 33709 

"SLIDE PICTURES OF SOUTHEAST ASIA"— This set of 82 color-slides, with 
a 30-mlnute cassette tape-recorded narration, depicts what Phil and John Lersch 
experienced In 1972 on their World Relief Tour of six S.E. Asian countries. The in- 
formation is still typical of the WRC program there. The two sets available will be 
scheduled according to the first requests received. Please give alternate dates. No 
charge, except return postage. 

From World Relief Commission 

P.O. Box 44 

Valley Forge, Pennsylvania 19481 

"BANGLADESH" — 16mm sound, full color, 22 minutes. This film is a pictorial 
reflection of some of the events and tragedies that accompanied the Pakistani-India 
War. It also reflects the personal triumphs that are being accomplished dally 
through the help of concerned Evangelicals. 

"A CHANCE TO LIVE"— 16mm, sound, full color, 21 minutes. About life at Hoa 
Khanh Children's Hospital In Vietnam. Also shown are other activities of the World 
Relief Commission In this war-torn land. This is "must" viewing for everyone inter- 
ested In the physical and spiritual welfare of our children overseas. 

"THE MANY FACES OF VIETNAM"— 16mm sound, fuU color, 25 minutes. 
Dealing with both the cultural and personal aspects of the Vietnamese people, this 
film reflects an insight on the Vietnamese people rarely seen or understood through 
television and print. Skillful blending of film from the U.S. Marine Corps and WRC 
staff makes this one of the most informative fOms on exactly how the Vietnamese 
people once lived and how they lived during the war. 

"THIS IS HOW IT IS!"— 35mm film strip, full color, 30 minutes. The story of 
the activities of the World Relief Commission in all parts of the world. Filmstrip is 
available with a cassette tape recording or a printed transcript for individual speak- 
er presentation about WRC activities. 

(Note: Although the WRC literature men- 
tions the need for a "free will offeriyig" for 
the use of these films, Brethren Churches 
are asked to send their offerings or budgeted 
contribution, to Mr. George Kerlin, Treas- 
urer, World Relief Committee, 1318 East 
Doicglas, Goshen, Indiana 4-6526.) 

March 23, 1974 

Page Seventeen 

World Religious News 

in Review 


PASADENA, Calif. (EP) —Herbert W. Arm- 
strong, founder of the Worldwide Church of Gk)d 
here, has fired 20 ministers, but two vice presi- 
dents are keeping alive charges of misconduct 
and objectionable opulence by Armstrong and his 
son, Garner Ted. 

David L. Antion, former director of church 
administration, and Albert J. Fortune, former 
director of evangelism campaigns for the Arm- 
strongs, submitted resignations that were quickly 
accepted as Armstrong senior seeks to head off 
a widespread revolt among the 85,000 members 
of the multi-million-dollar church. Six ministers 
earlier signed a statement which brought to public 
attention schism which apparently had been long- 


NEW YORK (EP)— Dr. David Hyatt, president 
of the National Conference on Christians and 
Jews, in a statement on the arrest and subse- 
quent exile of Soviet author Aleksandr Solzhenit- 
syn, has called for a "detente of the spirit" which 
recognizes the human rights of all people. 

Declaring that the Nobel Prize-winning writer 
has become "a symbol of violated human rights," 
Dr. Hyatt said his arrest "shocked and revolted 
men and women of good will throughout the 
United States," and his exile "can only be inter- 
preted as the Soviet response to outraged world 

Solzhenitsyn is currently in West Germany after 
being held in Moscow overnight following his 
arrest at home. 


ROCK ISLAND, 111. (EP)— Approximately 40 
books on subjects of the occult, including the 
popular novel "The Exorcist," went up in smoke 
as youthful members of the Bethel Assembly of 
God here held a book-burning ceremony around 
a charcoal grill. 

Some 100 people watched as the books were 
destroyed by young people who admitted they were 
disturbed by Satan's effort to usurp God's place 
in the world. 


LOS ANGELES (EP)— In the book and movie 
versions of "The Exorcist," Satan went a little 
too far and gave the Chiistian church its greatest 
opportunity to offer hope to searching mankind. 

So states Evangelist Kathryn Kuhlman, a pop- 
ular speaker in Southern California known for 
her faith healing ministries. 

"I'm not approving the book or the picture," 
says the evangelist whose base is in Pittsburgh, 
Pa. "But I feel in this instance Satan went a little 
too far. Therefore, let Christians now take it up 
and use it for the glory of God." 

Miss Kuhlman said the church should present 
the alternative of hope. She says a "tremendous 
fear has struck our young people," and urges 
Christian leaders to "give these young people the 
spiritual help they need and let them see that there 
is no cause for fear and that they can find peace 
by making a decision for Christ." 


ST LOUIS I EP)— Students attending classes at 
the Joint Project for Theological Education, also 
known as "Concordia Seminary in Exile," may 
face problems in being ordained as pastors or 
vicars of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod. 

Dr. Martin Scharlemann, acting president of 
the seminary, has sent a letter to the more than 
350 students who have been attending classes at 
the "seminary in exile" informing them that only 
students attending classes on the campus of Con- 
cordia Seminary would be eligible for placement 
after graduation. 

According to the Handbook of the Missouri 
Synod, pastors and vicars have to be certified by 
one of the theological faculties of the Synod. 
Since the professors who are teaching classes at 
the "seminary in exile" have been dismissed by 
the Concordia Board of Control, they are no longer 
considered a Synodical faculty, although their 
classes are being taught at accredited theological 

The "seminary in exile" has been holding classes 
on the campuses of Jesuit-maintained St. Louis 
School of Divinity and Eden Seminary, a United 
Church of Christ school. The Concordia professors 
have been given temporary faculty status at St. 
Louis and Eden, so that their students will con- 
tinue to attend accredited courses. 

Page Eighteen 

The Brethren Evangelist 



In a recent letter from Wycliffe Bible Trans- 
lators, responding to the Missionary Board check 
in support of Brethren Missionary-Translator 
Jerry Grieve, there was shared an experience of 
Ian Gardner, a British Translator working among 
the Abua people of Nigeria. 

Ian was traveling by canoe on the Orashi 
River to Odiuil, tvhere 8,000 people spoke a 
language related to Abua. 'Do the Odual 
people understand Abuan?' Ian asked his 
pilot as they glided through the thick jungle. 

'"They hear us, but we do not hear them!" 
he replied. 

"Is there anyone 2vho knows how to write 
down your language?" Ian asked. 

"Yes, there is one old man called Ezekiel," 
he anstvered. "He lives in the village ive are 
goi7ig to. He has written books." 

"What sort of books?" Ian asked hopefully 
but the man did not knoiv. 

Rounding a bend in the river, they met ai 
canoe traveling in the opposite direction.) 
"This is the man I was telling you about,'" 
the boatman said. "This is Ezekiel, the mam 
who has written books." 

As Ian and Ezekiel began to converse ini 
Abuan, Ezekiel said, "I thank God you are 
coming to my village. I have written doivni 
Mattheiv, Mark, and part of Luke's Gospel 
in my Odual lang-iuige." 


March 23, 1974 

Page Nineteen 

At Ezekiel's house Ian was shown tivo 
imposing hardback exercise books containing 
handwritten transhdions of the Gospels and 
church liturgy. More than a century ago, 
the Niger Mission had been founded under 
national leadership with a strong emphasis 
on the need for vernacular translations of 
the Bible — and here ivas this man, a lay lead- 
er of the same church, ivho without outside 
encowagement had been busy at this very 

They began to compare the two transla- 
tions and the two kmguages. They sounded 
very different. Could the people understand 
the Abuan translation, Ian inquired. Ezekiel 
could. He had been to school in Abua. But 
the majority could not. 

"It ivould be good if jjeople could have 
copies of your translation," Ian said. 

"They ivouldn't be able to read them," 
Ezekiel said sadly. "If they had primers, 
then they ivould be able to read. I ivanted to 
write a primer for my people, but I was told 

not to. They said that the headmaster of the 
school should do it, but he has not done it." 

Ian visited tivo village schools and hea^'d 
the same story. "We need primers, sir, in our 
own language. We cannot use the Abuan 
primers. The words are too different." 

"Why don't you make primers yourselves?" 
Ian asked. 

"We cannot write dowyi our oiun language," 
they said. "Ezekiel has done it, but no one 

Your gifts to Brethren World Missions help 
support Jerry and Cheryl Grieve as they work 
in translating the gospel into the Kilba language 
with a Kilba translator and as they write a primer 
for the Kilba to learn to read. Your gifts have also 
supported John Guli as he has translated the New 
Testament into the Higi language to be used in 
conjunction with the Higi primer written by 
Wycliffe Translator Roger Mohrland and the lit- 
eracy program started by missionary Larry 
Bolinger. Many can now have the good news in 
their own language through your support. 



The Jerry Grieves will be arriving in the United 
States in mid-April and will be on a furlough of 
only three months with limited deputation in the 
west and mid-west areas of the country. Contacts 
should be made through the office of the Mission- 
ary Board. 

The Richard Winfields will be arriving in the 
United States on March 15, 1974 for a one year 
furlough and will be residing in the Missionary 
Home in Ashland. Churches interested in having 
the Winfields for deputation should contact the 
office of the Missionary Board, 530 College 
Avenue, Ashland, Ohio 44805. 

The Prasantha Kumars will be arriving in the 
United States on April 4, 1974 and will be doing 
extensive deputation for a three month period. 
Final arrangements are now being completed 
and soon we will publish a list of these meetings 
so that you might plan to hear them when in 
your area. 

Page Twenty 

The Brethren Evangelist 


January I, 1973 - December 31, 1973 

Home Missions 

World Missions 

Pleasant Hill 






$ 460 


Trinity (Canton) 





Walcrest (Mansfield) 





West Ale.xandria 
















Kimsey Run 



Brighton Chapel 












Lost Creek 



Center Chapel 





College Corner 







Mt. Olive 



County Line 


Oak Hill 



Crestwood (Ft. Wayne) 







St. James 





St. Luke 














Brush Valley 













Fairless Hills - Levittown 





Johnstown First 





Johnstown Second 





Johnstown Third 










Main Street - Meyersdale 
Mt. Olivet 



New Paris 
North Liberty 


Mt. Pleasant 



North Manchester 









Pleasant View (Vandergrift) 1,766 
Quiet Dell -0- 






South Bend 





Winding Waters (Elkhart) 



Valley (Jones Mills) 63 
Vinco 6,082 
Wayne Heights (Waynesboro) 494 
White Dale HI 







Columbus (Cooperative 



Cedar Falls 
Cerro Gordo 


Firestone Park (Akron) 








Garber (Ashland) 














Hillcrest (Dayton) 


, 3,036 
















Falls City 


New Lebanon 



Fort Scott 


North Georgetown 





Park Street (Ashland) 





March 23, 1974 

Pag-e Twenty-one 


Papago Park 876 

Tucson 1,826 



Lathrop 857 1,707 

Manteca 1,810 3,689 

Stockton 20 50 





St. Petersburg 







Phil & Jttn lineh 
tnait Maattn 

Si. Ptfiftiiifg. fIttiU JhiL^ 


(Part 1) 

Most of the Brethren House ministry is set in 
a LEARNING CENTER environment. In fact, 
Brethren House itself is a Worship and Learning 

This is the best approach at this time for our 
work and ministry here in St. Petersburg. And, 
although it may not be the ideal setting for Chris- 
tian Education and Mission everywhere, we are 
finding that other well-established churches are 
welcoming LEARNING CENTERS as an alter- 
native to their usual teaching programs. This is 
how we suggest its consideration — ^as a possible 
alternative to bring a new approach to existing 
church programs and activities. Each church 
adapting as it needs to. 

Several churches in St. Petersburg and other 
parts of Florida have invited us to lead LEARN- 
ING CENTER WORKSHOPS for their teachers 
and children's workers this Spring. In addition to 
sharing ideas (by actually doing things) about 
materials, equipment, and how to design a 
LEARNING CENTER, we also attempt an ex- 
planation of the assumptions upon which this 
approach is founded. 

CENTER is a "Come and Discover Place!" 

But it's very difficult to describe clearly a 
one is shaped by those people involved in leader- 
ship and according to the needs and interests of 
the children participating. There can be no set 
plan of operation for all situations. 

This is as it should be, for one value of the 
LEARNING CENTER approach is that individual 
children are recognized as unique by allowing each 
one to learn through his own discoveries and pro- 
ceed according to his own interests and rate of 
progress. Each child needs to be considered as the 
special person he is, not just "a part of the herd." 

When the Brethren House staff sets up a 
LEARNING CENTER, it is designed according to 
some basic assumptions. Basic assumptions (1) 
About Chrildren; (2) About Learning; and (3) 
About Learning Centers. 

This three-part report begins this time by list- 
ing some 

Basic Assumptions About Cliildren 
**Each child is unique in his ability, his back- 
ground, and his learning style. 
**Only when each child is able to discover his 
unique gift from God and is able to use it 
for God's purposes wall he be happy. 
'^*Every child needs to respond to God's mes- 
sage and love, expressed clearly in Jesus 
Christ. God, as the great "individualizer," 
requires this response individually. 
'"Many children today need adult attention 
and affection as part of their discipline and 
'*'* Personal relationships between the children 
and adults are very special and should de- 
velop naturally and sincerely. 
One of the purposes of the LEARNING CEN- 
TER openness is to create an environment and 
freedom of activity to allow these needs of chil- 
dren to be met to the fullest extent possible. Be- 
cause each child is different, he requires oppor- 
tunities to learn in his own way. A LEARNING 
CENTER takes these assumptions seriously and 
attempts to allow meaningful things to happen. 
(Next — Basic Assumptions About Learning.) 

60-Minute Tape Recording: and Guide Sheets: 

($2.50 for rental; $4.50 for purchase). Explains 
the Learning Center "philosophy" of Brethren 
House, along with a floor plan and many specific 
examples of teaching tools and approaches. Listen- 
ers work through the tape on the Guide Sheet. Be 
sure to request one Guide Sheet for each listener! 

Learning: Center Slides and Taped Narration 
(23 Minutes): ($2.50 for rental). Using colored 
slide-pictures, primarily of the 1973 General Con- 
ference Children's Learning Center, the B. H. staff 
describes the activities there and discusses several 
basic Learning Center concepts — plus some prac- 
tical suggestions for getting a Learning Center 
started. Designed for Teacher Training & general 
information. Be sure to give a showing date and 
an alternate date when ordering. 

Order these resources from: 
Brethren House 
6301 56th Avenue, N. 
St. Petersburg, Florida 33709 

MV-P312 Super 8 motion picture with taped 
narration: of the Learning (Center at General 
Conference in 1972 showing many of the materials 
and methods used. 

SL-P309 COME AND SEE slides and taped 
narration: about Brethren House itself in St. 

Order these resources by number and free of 
charge from: 

Missionary Board of the Brethren Church 
530 CoUege Avenue 
Ashland, Ohio 44805 

Page Twenty-two 

The Brethren Evangelist 


I'll tell you a story perhaps you don't know, 

I didn't, till this Easter Day. 

I thought that the day when "cometh the end," 

First, homage to Christ we would pay. 

But it seems that the Son also himself 

Shall be subject to Father once more, 

Once the task is completed — the Kingdom surrendered. 

We worship God first, as before. 

However, their essential equality remains 

So Father, Son and Holy Ghost are the same, 

Yet the ruler in heaven is God once again. 

We won't know the day — or just where or just when. 

Subject to the Father at His first advent 

To effect eternal redemption for me. 

Subject to the Father the second time now 

The same relationship again, don't you see? 

Now, that was the story so new to my ears. 

Though I study God's Word every day, 

There's always so much more to learn, it appears, 

As we listen, study and pray. 

Helen Bamhart 
I Corinthians 15:28 — "And when all things shall be 
subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be 
subject unto him that put all things under him, that ! 
God may be all in all." 
From Collection "Thou Art My God" 
Copyright, Helen Bamhart 1973 

March 23, 1974 

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The March 23rd "World Relief Month" 
issue carried a few articles emphasizing the 
theme "Companions in Compassion." As we 
read ayid listen to our daily neivs reports, 
especially pertaining to the high cost of food, 
clothing and shelter, instead of our thoughts 
being filled with complaints let us turn them 
to compassion as ive see and read how mil- 
lions are not able to have any food, shelter 
or clothing. Is not this the esserice of Christ's 
greatest commandment? (Editor's Note) 

Not whot we goin 
but what we give. 

Measures the worth 
of the h'fe we live. 


The kind of fast I want is that you stop oppressma 
those who work for you and treat them fairl| 
and give them what they earn. 

I want you to share your food with the hungr 
and bring right into your own homes those .ij 
who are helpless, poor and destitute. Clothe hi 
those who are cold and don't hide from rela-nj 
tives who need your help. j 

If you do these things, CJod wdll shed his owni| 
glorious light upon you. He will heal you;ii 
your godliness will lead you forward, andu 
goodness will be a shield before you, and then 
glory of the Lord wdll protect you fromi 
behind. . . . 

Feed the hungry! Help those in trouble! Them 
your light wiU shine out from the darkness,' 
and the darkness around you shall be as 
bright as day. 

(Isaiah 58:6-10, Living Bible) | 

April 6, 1974 

Page Three 


It is a lovely time of year, 

When winter's gone and spring is here. 

Brave little crocus peep their heads, 

Out of their cold, dark, winter beds. 

Cheery robins now appear. 

It is the springtime of the year. 

Squirrels playing on the lawn 

Reminding us that winter's gone. 

We can feel the gentle breeze 

And hear the droning of the bees. 

And we like the gentle rain 

Sliding down our window pane. 

We are glad for sun and showers. 

Bringing pretty early flowers. 

All these things God sends our way 

To remind us of that first Easter Day, 

When Christ arose from the grave 

And to all the world new hope He gave. 

Think now of the crown they made Him wear. 

And of the heavy cross He had to bear. 

Christ suffered much for you and me. 

As He hung there on the tree. 

And while He lay there in the tomb 

All the world was full of gloom. 

When Mary came at break of day, 

She found the stone was rolled away. 

The tomb was empty, the body gone. 

Christ had arose in the early mom. 

He is risen! As He said. 

He is alive! He is not dead! 

Florence Roby 

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The Brethren Evangelist 



by Kenneth L. Solomon 


To the writer it is quite significant that here in 
Matthew's gospel the born-again believer is called 
the "GOOD SEED" that the "SON OF MAN" of 
verse 37 is sowing in His "FIELD . . . THE 
WORLD." This does in no wise conflict with that 
recorded in the Gospel of St. Luke where it is 
are both an important part of the whole Truth. 
It is this: — The child of the "Kingdom" has be- 
come such through the regenerating power of 
the Word of God by the marvelous working of 
the Holy Spirit. Thus he has become, in a sense, 
an "incarnate" word of God (the living Word of 
God in human flesh), but, of course, not to the 
degree that Jesus was the "INCARNATE WORD" 
of God. So it is that the child of God does not only 
have the tremendous honor of being a "SOWER" 
that goes forth to sow the Word of God but he 

This Divine revelation thrills me and helps me 
understand much better that which God desires 
to do with and through His people. 

We, the Solomon Six, have the great honor and 
sacred privilege of being the first six "Brethren" 
seeds that God has chosen to plant in this part 
of His vineyard — Colombia. Our first task, as we 
see it, is to be the "people of God," to be just 
what He has made us— REGENERATED SEEDS 
— that not only have the potential to grow into 
a strong, spiritual "plant" but also to produce 

In the first phase of our strategy here in this 
new work to which God has called us, and the 
which we are calling here, "OPERATION 
FRIENDSHIP," we are seeking to surrender com- 
pletely to Him so that the beauty of the Lord 

Joel practices "Operation Friendship" 
with neighborhood boys. 

Jesus might make of each of us an attractive 
"plant" in His garden. This is very necessary herei 
perhaps more than in other places, because of thet 
tremendous distrust that exists. 

Riding with a taxi triver we heard him express? 
the general philosophy of the Colombian people 
in these words: "Today you can't trust anyone^ 
not even your own grandmother! That is why th* 
people seem to be unfriendly to new neighborii 
who move into the suburb community where theje 
live. The new neighbor must prove himself worthy 
of their trust." And this is not easy nor the jol 
of a short time, especially if the "new neighbor') 
happens to be a "foreigner" and not of ther 
religion. We must, by the grace of God, win theii' 

\piU 6, 1974 

Page Five 

■espect and confidence before we can expect them 
o respond positively to the "SEED OF THE 
A'^ORD" which we are responsible to sow in their 

IS part of the job of clearing the ground (the 
leart) of all the weeds of prejudices, false im- 
pressions and untruth as well as part of the job 
)f "plowing deeply" in order to turn up good, 
■ich, virgin soil in the which to plant the precious 
Vord of God. And we consider that your prayers 
and ours) are part of the process of calling down 
Sod's rain and sun to malie the "seed" grow. 
Hopefully a "hundred fold." 

TACTICS ARE WE USING?" Just the "old 
ashioned" method of a smile and a friendly greet- 
pg, even when it is not returned. Soon we heard 
Ihe comment that we had become known as those 
ivho greet and smile to EVERYONE, even the 
lumble servant girls out sweeping the sidewalk, 
yhether negress or just a dark-skinned Colombia 
ass. Then it wasn't long until we found the pre- 
viously "unfriendly" people to be really friendly 
ind responsive. (Tiiis was made possible only 
because we don't go rushing by them in a car, 
iince we don't own one, but walking to and from 
jhurch, or the bus stop, etc.) 

Then our second strategy was to respond im- 
nediately to any and all invitations to visit them, 
iiven though they may have just said it to be 
lolite and didn't really expect us to respond to 
he invitation. (But, in most cases, I'm sure it 
i^as sincere). 

In Argentina it was customary to take some 
mall gift when one went visiting a home to which 
hey had been invited. So we practiced the same 
lere. They say — "The way to a man's heart is 
hrough his stomach" (especially quoted to single 
:irls desirous of capturing a husband), but we 
lave seen it work also with women and children. 
]ven though we were told that the Colombians 

prefer "salty" foods to "sweet" food, Jan's cookies 
were greatly appreciated and just as quickly con- 
sumed. Who knows but what God will help us to 
reach their hearts through their stomachs? 

Another "tactic" that comes quite natural for 
the child of God in whose heai't the Holy Spirit 
has shed the love of God Himself, (Romans 5:5) 
is to love the people and their children — even the 
brat-like ones. LOVE BEGETS LOVE, FRIEND- 
SHIP BEGETS FRIENDSHIP. This has been the 
most effective means of "making friends and in- 
fluencing people" in "our barrio" (suburb) so 
far. God has made us just LOVE the people and 
we have found, so far, that they are not hard to 
love at all. 

Other things that are helping in "OPERATION 
FRIENDSHIP" are: 1) the washing machine and 
isn't! God can use anything and everything — 
THAT IS HIS TO USE. Can you imagine what a 
catastrophe it was to one neighbor lady to lose 
her maid and not have either a washer or dryer 
of any kind, and with two children and a husband 
to attend? Well, I guess you can't, but it was just 
like the end of the world for this woman, accus- 
tomed to the "luxury" of a maid that did every- 
thing, that is, until Jan offered her assistance. 
And so, while the machines do the good turn of 
washing and drying the neighbors clothes, she 
and Jan have ample opportunity to visit and get 
acquainted and to become fast friends. And there 
is also always an opportunity to give a testimony 
or direct the conversation around to spiritual 
themes and sent the neighbor home, not only with 
her clean washing, but also a well chosen Gospel 

But, not only is God using Dad and Mom as 
"SEEDS" He has planted, He is also using all four 
children, and "yes," even the new member of our 
family - - the cocker spaniel — in "OPERATION 
FRIENDSHIP," and because He is doing it we are 
expecting great results. TO HIM BE THE GLORY. 

Jeannette sharing her washer and dryer 

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SERVE HIM. . . ." Daniel 7:14 

Tucson — March 1 974 

Rev. and Mrs. Curtis mid Debbie 

In the six months that Fran, Debbie and I 
have been in Tucson, we have come to know 
another neiv tvay of life in a fast growing\ 
community, meeting many new friends, awdi 
being challenged by the prospects of this. 
neiv ministry — reaching out to the Mexican^) 
American for Christ. 

As I look out of my study tvindow to th_ 
north — out over the cactus spotted desert to\ 
the Catalina Mountains which rise sharplyi 
in majestic splendor, I cannot help thinkin 
how marvelous the Lord really is to hav 
created all this. It is all so beautiful. 

April 6, 1974 

Page Seven 

.1 li ^^1 

In conversation, we find that comparatively few 
people of Mexican background really come to 
grips vidth the need of a personal salvation and 
God's will for their life. They grope for the real- 
ities that are only to be found in the person of 
the Lord Jesus Christ. We have a burning desire 
to involve these bi-lingual people in a personal, 
intimate, and glorious way with the Savior. 

Paradoxically, a religion that involves Christ is 
the Mexican's greatest enemy. Among the many 
saints and exaggerated emphasis upon the Virgin 
Mary, Christ is lost in the shuffle. He may be the 
center of each mass, however the reality of a one- 
to-one relationship with the Lord is defeated in 
ithe formal ritualistic emphasis. These people con- 
sider themselves vei-y religious but it is a "form 
of godliness which denies the real power thereof." 
It is very similar to the case of a man in Brasdl 
who was asked if he ever read the Bible. His 
response, "No, I already told you I am a Catholic 
not a Protestant." As is so often the thinking — 
it is the Protestant who uses the Bible. Our pur- 
ipose is to interest our Latin friends in God's word 
and help them study it. 

The willingness of the Arizona Brethren to help 
us get started in this new outreach has meant 
much to us. Their help in finding a temporary 
home, their show of support in every way has so 
encouraged us. Last December many from the 
Tucson church gathered in our home for a "Brain- 
storming" session. The purpose — to search out 
possible avenues open to us in the Spanish min- 
istry. As a result of that meeting, some of the 
suggestions have already been put into practice. 

A radio ministry utilizing the Argentine pro- 
duced program "Reflexiones" was initiated in 
early January. This five minute release of spirit- 
ual guidance is heard twice weekly over the Span- 
ish station KEVT, Tucson. Free Bible courses are 
offered at the end of each program. 

Praise the Lord!! The first letter arrived. It 
came from 18 year old Felipe. Felijje is Mexican 
and had been in this country about two months 
before hearing the program. I decided that since 
his was the first response, I would drive the 22 
miles to see him personally. 

When I arrived at the small ranch where he 
works, I found him waiting for the mail to come. 
How excited he was to receive a personal visit 
from someone representing the radio program ! ! 
Confidentially, I was excited too! Since my first 
encounter with Felipe, we have met for Bible 

study in his home each Tuesday nite. He seems 
delighted in the study of the Word and asks many 
questions. I am optimistic about the possibilities 
for him. Please pray for Felipe's conversion. 

Visiting in Mexican homes has been a rewarding 
experience for us as we strive to win their friend- 
ship and confidence. In one of these homes the 
grandmother is a born again Christian having 
known the Lord while living in the border town 
of Nogales. She has lived in Tucson with her son 
and family for the past 12 years. Her son and 
wife are bi-lingual. He is a builder or construction 
worker. Their children (six in all) will speak only 
English. They understand some Spanish. Our visits 
are truly bi-Ungual. 

We sometimes sense a mistrust upon the part 
of the Mexican toward the "Gringo" and vice 
versa, but we know that when Jesus touches 
hearts and makes spiritual brothers of us, barriers 

House to house visitation has also been used 
with some rewarding results. The method is prob- 
ably the most difficult however God does provide 
us with many wonderful and gratifying experi- 
ences tiirough this means. 

There are opportunities to preach and teach 
Bible classes in other churches as I come to know 
other Spanish speaking pastors and workers. We 
hope to involve Mexican-American youth in vaca- 
tion Bible school and camp this year. 

Another move? Yes, we wall be re-locating to a 
more central part of the city. This will help us 
greatly on our gasoline bills as well as time in- 
volved in getting from one side of the city to the 
other. At our new location we shall be just a few 
blocks away from families with whom we have 
already visited and who show interest. We feel 
that God indeed provides as we serve Him day by 
day. Our new home is located at 6002 East Juarez, 
Tucson, Arizona 85711. Strange as it may seem, 
the street number of our new residence is the 
same as the post office number for the radio pro- 
gram. How marvelous, the ways of the Lord! We 
hope to be at our new location by the first of 
April. Please pray with us that this move wiU 
give us additional opportunities to work among 
our Mexic£m-American friends. 

"Brethren, pray for us, that the Word of the 
Lord may have free course, and be glorified — 
II Thes. 3:1. 

Bill, Fran and Debbie Curtis 

Page Eight 


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Listeners work through the tape on the Guide 
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(Part 2) 

PART 1 of this 3-part series giving some basic 
assumptions about Leai-ning Centers appeared in 
the last issue of The Brethren Evangelist. 

It listed some Basic Assumptions ABOUT 
CHILDREN — that they are individually unique in 
ability, baclcground and learning style . . . that a 
child is happiest when he is able to discover his 
unique gift from God . . . that children need to 
respond to God individually . . . that children need 
adult attention and affection . . . and that adult- 
child relationships are very special. 

Now this PART 2 lists 

Basic Assumptions About Learning 

**Emphasis on Bible learning is needed in 
every community. 

** Children (as well as adults) learn best what 
they do (not what they hear or see). In 
fact, it is said that we remember 10% of 
what we hear; 50% of what we see; and 
90% of what we DO!! 

* '"Everyone doesn't need to be doing the same 
thing at the same time in order to leai^n 
effectively. A few children at each activity 
will personalize each learning opportunity. 

**The best learning occurs when it is en- 

No Learning Center will be, nor should be, just 
like another one. This is as it should be, for no 
staff of teachers (enablers) nor group of learners 
are the same. They vary in abilities to teach and 
capacities to learn. Every Learning Center should 
be designed to use the people available and to 
meet the needs of individual children. 

Because of these differences, the learning sit- 
uations will also vary. But regardless of the 
approach used in the teaching-learning experience, 
those Basic Assumptions ABOUT I^ARNING 
listed above can be applied — and should be for 
effective communication of the Truth. 

Consider how you might apply them in your 
Church School, youth group, or in your own home. 

(Next — Basic Assumptions About Learning 
Centers. ) 


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(23 minutes): ($2.50 for rental). Using colored 
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Page Nine 

World Religious News 

in Review 



LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (EP)— Seven hundred and 
fifty copies of the New Testament were distribut- 
ed to students at Catholic High School for Boys 
following a special Mass celebrated by Father 
Jerome Kodell of New Subiaco Abbey. 

"The New Testaments were distributed," the 
priest said, "to enable students to get to know 
phrist better by reading about Him through the 
,words of the evangelists during the weeks when 
they do not receive formal reUgious instruction." 

The school's students alternate religious instruc- 
tion periods. During the first hall of a grading 
period, half the students attend religion classes 
A'hile the other half has religious reading periods. 
During the second half, the reverse order is fol- 


NEW YORK (EP)— The ho-ho-ho and ha-ha-ha 
Drand of news coverage featured on television 
Tapped Dick Schaap, a sports editor best known 
IS Joe Namath's co-author or ghostwriter, into a 
omment that caused the switchboard at WNBC- 
rv to light up with hundreds of protesting phone 

In discussing the fecundity problems of two 
jreat horses, now at stud, he referred on a news- 
;ast to Secretariat and Riva Ridge as "the most 
iamous pair of stablemates since Joseph and 

Said Mr. Schaap In the apology the foUowmg 
•vening: "I try to Inlorm and I try to entertain, 
but I do not try to offend. If I did, I apologize. 
There are enough Hi feelings In the world without 
Tiy adding to them." 


ARROWHEAD SPRINGS, Calif. (EP)— Approx- 
imately 300,000 Koreans are expected to participate 
in Explo '74, an international training congress 
on evangelism scheduled for Aug. 14-18, in Seoul, 

Sponsored by Campus Crusade for Christ, the 
intensive Christian training congress "will help 
open wide the doors of Asia for the message of 
Jesus Christ," according to Campus Crusade presi- 
dent Bill Bright. 

Explo '74 will open one year after the Billy 
Graham Crusade drew more than a million 
Koreans to Seoul's Yoi-do Island. 

Several thousand Americans wUl also be a part 
of Explo '74, an event patterned after Explo '72 
which convened in Dallas June 12-17. 


HOUSTON (EP)— Southern Baptist astronaut 
WilUam R. Pogue said his 84 days on the Skylab 
III mission, the longest manned space voyage, 
made him realize that man is more than just an 
Intellectual being and needs Christ in his heart 
to become a total person. 

The mission also gave Pogue a heightened 
awareness of life and his relationships with peo- 
ple. The same thing has happened to others who 
have gone into space, Pogue, a Baptist deacon, 
said when interviewed here with his pastor, BUI 
Darnell, of Nassau Bay (Tex.) Baptist Church. 

As a result of the Skylab mission, Pogue said, 
"I'm firmly convinced that there's more to life 
than the body and Intellect — it's the soul. Raw 
intellectuELl capacity is just the shell." 

The Baptist astronaut said he now realizes more 
than ever, "There's that kernel that most of us 
miss. When a person finds Christ, he becomes a 
total person." 

Pogue said this discovery was renewed and 
heightened for him during the mission. Being con- 
vinced and having it proven are two different 
things, he said. 


MANILA (EP)~"One Way '74" began this 
month here as a nation-wide continuing evangel- 
istic outreach sponsored by the Christ the Only 
Way movement (C.O.W.) which began in 1966 fol- 
lowring the Berlin World Congress on Evangelism. 

"The Body of Christ in the Philippines is be- 
ginning to move as one in the task of evangelism," 
said Nene Ramientos, national coordinator of 

The thrust wall sponsor mass evangelistic cam- 
paigns in 20 key cities from February to August 
this year. Churches from various denominations 
have come out openly in support of the "One Way 
'74" series. 

Five evangelists each from the Billy Graham 
Evangelistic Association and Overseas Crusades 
will assist during the second half of the crusade. 
Persons making decisions for Christ will be direct- 
ed to cell groups which pastors and laymen con- 
duct in homes, restaurants, offices and other 
neutral places. 

Called "CORE" (Cell group of believers Organ- 
ized for Renewal and Evangelism), and LEGS 
(Lay Evangelistic Group Studies), the lay effort 
will absorb all who make first-time commitments 
to the Lord, Ramientos said. 

There are currently some 5,000 CORE groups 
and 10,000 LEGS throughout the Philippines. 

Page Ten 

The Brethren Evangelisfl 

Over 200 youth from across the nation will con- 
verge on the Ashland College campus August IS- 
IS for this annual gathering of Brethren youth. 
The Board of Christian Education staff has been 
studying the 1973 Convention and is making plans 
for an improved convention in 1974. 

Already some of the youth in your church are 
making preparations to attend; others are uncer- 
tain; still others may not even be aware that there 
is such an annual "coming together" of the Na- 
tional BYC. We want every Brethren youth, from 
those completing the seventh grade through col- 
lege-age, to be able to attend and have an active 
part in this great spiritual experience. Therefore, 
it is of utmost importance that action be initiated 
NOW to insure the possibility of full participation. 


Any young person may attend the 1974 National 
BYC Convention. The program, however, is de- 
signed specifically for youth in the Brethren 
Church (particularly those who are members of 
National BYC) who are completing seventh grade 
in 1974 through college-age. 

Youth attending the Convention will fall into 
one of three categories: delegates, alternates, and 
visitors. Delegates must be registered members 
of National BYC prior to May 30, 1974. A delegate 
has the sole opportunity to vote and to present 
motions at the busineess sessions of the National 
BYC Convention and the responsibility to attend 
all business sessions. All other youth who attend 
the Convention and who are currently registered 
members of National BYC shall be alternates. An 
alternate shall assume all the duties of a delegate 
in the event that a delegate is unable to serve. He 
or she has an obligation to attend all business 
sessions of the Convention. All youth not current- 
ly registered as members of National BYC shall 
be visitors. A visitor may attend business sessions 
as an observer only. 


Delegates, alternates, and visitors have an equcJ 
opportunity and responsibility to attend aU other 
formal and informal activities of the Convention. 
Only youth who wiU bring with them a desire to 
grow in their faith and a spirit of cooperation and 
responsible action should be encouraged to attend. 


Minimum age for delegates is completion of the 
7th grade in 1974. Each local BYC will be allowed 
one junior high or high school age delegate for i 
every five (5) registered BYC members or any 
part thereof. In addition, registered coUege-age 
persons (through age 22) may serve as at-large 

Only those groups whose membership has been i 
registered with the National Board of Christian i 
Education office prior to May 30, 1974, are eligible 
to send delegates to the National BYC Convention. 
Shortly after June 1, the appropriate number of 
delegate credentials will be sent via Registered I 
Mail to the contact person listed on the "National 
BYC Membership Roster." Upon receipt of these 
credentials, the local group is encouraged to elect I 
their delegates. 

College students who are at-large members of 
National BYC may request at-large credentials 
through August 1, 1974. However, to qualify for i 
a credential they must be a registered member of I 
National BYC by May 30, 1974. 


Membership in National BYC lasts from Septem- 
ber 1 through August each year. There are sev- 
eral advantages to registering: (1) it provides 
the BCE with a mailing list for direct communi- 
cation with local youth and college students; (2) 
each member receives Morning Star, the National 
BYC newspaper; (3) it gives local groups and 
college students a sense of being a part of the 
larger movement and lessens the isolationist or 
"inward only" attitude; and (4) only individuals 
registered prior to May 30, 1974 are eligible for 
participation in the National BYC Convention. 

Local BYC groups wishing to register must sub- 
mit for each member: (1) name, (2) address, (3) 
college address — where applicable, (4) year in 
school, (5) group (junior, junior high, senior, or 
combined), and (6) one dollar. Registration forms 
are available upon request. 

College students who have not registered as 
members of a local BYC may register at-large by 
submitting the same information. 

Membership cards wUl be issued as soon as 
possible after receiving registrations. 

ILpril 6, 1974 


(1) Youth who complete grades 7-11 in 1974 
iiust have am adult sponsor at the Convention 
(LIMIT: 6 youth/spyonsor!) These youth must live 
a convention facilities unless Uving with family 
!r sponsor in approved housing. Commuters living 
(t home are excepted. 

(2) All youth shall abide by the rules of con- 
uct adopted by the National BYC Council and 
le Board of Christian Education. Conduct befitt- 
fig a Christian will be expected; deviations may 
bsult in dismissal from the Convention. 

( 3 I Youth shall participate in all program ac- 
vities, except in special cases when clearance is 
3ceived from convention officials. 

Page Eleven 

(4) The National BYC Constitution and BY- 
laws will serve as the standard for conduct of 

(5) A Convention fee of $5.00 shall be paid 
upon arrival at the Convention and prior to room 

NOW is the time to make preparations for the 
1974 Convention. We hope a large group of youth 
from your church will attend. If your group has 
not registered its membership, do so now I If you 
have registered, begin to make more complete 
plans to attend the Convention as a group. The 
list on page 12 will help you evaluate your present 

If you have any questions, please feel free to 

idiico^^^H 74 


AUGUST 5-12. 1974 

For Youfh Completing Grade 10 Through Age 22 


— YOURSELF by a personal encounter with your own spiritual life through 

devotions, Bible study, seminars . . . 
— OTHERS by contributing to a community of believers through work and 

recreation together . . . 
— YOUR TALENTS through learning experiences in photography, lighting, 

sound, promotion . . . 
— A MUSICAL, Discovery, that you will help present to General Conference 

on Wednesday evening, August 14. 

Plan to attend DISCOVERY 74, then stay over for the 1974 National BYC 

Page Twelve The Brethren Evangelist 


Registered Churches, Group and No. of Members 



Lanark - Combined 
Milledgeville - Combined 
Udell - Senior 
Waterloo ■ Junior 
Waterloo ■ Jr. High 
Waterloo - Sr. High 




St. Petersburg - Combined 


Sarasota - Junior 


Sarasota - Jr. High 


Sarasota - Senior 



Ardmore - Junior 


Ardmore - Jr. High 


Ardmore - Senior 


Bryan - Jr. High 


Bryan - Senior 


County Line - Senior 


Elkhart First - Jr. High 


Elkhart First - Senior 


Ft. Wayne - Combined 


Goshen - Combined 


Jefferson - Senior 


Milford - Combined 


Mishawaka - Combined 


Nappanee - Jr. High 


Nappanee - Senior 


New Paris - Combined 


North Liberty - Combined 


Warsaw - Combined 



Burhngton - Junior 


Burlington - Senior 


Flora - Combined 


Kokomo - Jr. High 


Loree - Junior 


Loree - Senior 


Mexico - Senior 


Muncie - Combined 


Muncie - Junior 


North Manchester - Senior 


Oakville - Combined 


Oakville - Junior 


Roann - Combined 


Wabash - Combined 



Derby - Combined 


Mulvane - Junior 


Mulvane - Senior 


I\nA]>n VALLEY (OHIO) —162 

Columbus - Combined 8 

Dayton - Combined 11 

Gratis - Combined 20 

Gretna - Combined 12 

New Lebanon - Junior 10 

New Lebanon - Senior 15 

Pleasant Hill - Combined 19 

West Alexandria - Combined 67 


Ashland Park St. - Senior 8 

Canton - Senior 8 

Massillon • Combined 3 

North Georgetown - Senior 13 


Brush Valley - Combined 21 

Cameron - Combined 11 

Fairless Hills - Levittown • Jr. High 7 

Fairless Hills - Levittown - Senior 9 

Johnstown II - Combined 12 

Johnstown III - Combined 15 

Pittsburgh - Combined 17 

Valley - Combined 17 

Vandergrift - Junior 13 

Vinco - Junior 8 

Vinco - Jr. High 18 

Vinco - Senior 21 

Wayne Heights - Junior 9 

Wayne Heights - Senior 11 


Chandon - Combined 4 

Hagerstown - Junior 11 

Hagerstown - Jr. High 8 

Hagerstown - Senior 11 

Linwood - Senior 10 

Maurertown — St Luke - Combined 11 

Washington - Senior 11 


Tucson - Post High 6 

Tucson - Senior 11 


Total No. of Churches 

With Registered Members — 59 

Total No. of Churches 

With No Registered Members 

Total No. of National 

BYC Members Registered — 99 


April 6, 1974 

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Churches Not Registered 


throp, Manteca, Stockton 


Cedar Falls, Cerro Gordo 




Brighton, Dutchtown, Matteson, South Bend, 
Teegarden, Winding Waters 


Center Chapel, College Comer, Corinth, Denver, 
Huntington, Marion, Peru, Roanoke, Tiosa 


Carleton, Cheyenne, Falls City, Ft. Scott, 




Akron, Fremont, Garber, Glenford, Louisville, 

Mansfield, Newark, Smithville 


Berlin, Calvary, Conemaugh, Highland, 
Masontown, Meyersdale, Mt. Olivet, 
Mt. Pleasant, Quiet Dell, Raystown, 
Sergeantsville, White Dale 


Bethlehem, Cumberland, Gatewood, Haddix, 
Kimsey Run, Krypton, Liberty, Lost Creek, 
Mathias, Mt. Olive, Oak Hill, Rowdy, St. James 


Papago Park 

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Hoa Khanh Children's Hospital 

(A World Relief Center) 

DaNang, South Vietnam 

BABY TAM'S MOTHER probably felt she 
couldn't cope with her any longer. Or maybe she 
wanted to be sure her little girl got the attention 
she needed. Or maybe she was just too poor to 
care for another little one. Whatever the reason, 
she abandoned her child at the Hoa Khanh Chil- 
dren's Hospital near Danang, Vietnam. 

Little Tarn had a crippling problem. Both her 
hands were badly deformed by burn injuries. 


by Lillian H. Graffam 

The hospital, supported and administered by the 
World Relief Commission, has cared for many 
orphans. And they also took this pathetic little 
waif in, and gave her loving care and attention. 

WRC's Dr. David Alvarez, American orthopedic 
surgeon, did a long series of operations on the 
little deformed hands, restoring them to useful- 

During her year's hospital stay, love and care 
transformed her from a miserable, crying infant 
into a smiling toddler, everybody's favorite. When 
restoration was complete, she was transferred to 
a Christian orphanage. 

A life was salvaged becnuso somebody cared. 



DR. DAVID ALVAREZ, performing an 

amputation at Hoa Khanh Children's 
Hospital outside DaNang, South Vietnam. 

pril 6, 1974 

Page Fifteen 

Taiii was only one of 25,000 cliildren who might 
3t have survived if there were no hospital there. 

housands of children, including many of mixed 
icial parentage, have been given a chance for 
fholeness through the sacrificial effort of both 
ietnamese and Americans. 

WRC acts to provide means for survival to vic- 
ms of natural disaster anywhere in the world. 
hen, if needed, the Commission stands behind 
le sufferers during the long recovery phase with 
?lf-help programs designed to aid the economy 
ad help people achieve self-reliance. 
I Following is a quick recap of the aid given in 
;veral countries: 

Vietnam. The World Relief Commission has 
n-\ed in this country since 1961. While the hos- 
ital is the largest project, it also is involved in 
lany other aid programs, such as refugee relief. 

All these years WRC has been ministering in 

very personal way to thousands of refugees 
irough Christian Youth Social Sei-vice, the Viet- 
amese counterpart. Most recently WRC staff are 
Iding the latest refugees from Quang Tri Prov- 
ice who have settled into vacant U.S. camps which 
jrround the hospital. 

Another important program is self-help assist- 
nce to minority hills-tribes through day-care cen- 
;rs, education, and conununity development. 

BANGLADESH. Since the cyclone-driven tidal 
•a\e smashed into East Paldstan in 1970, WRC 
as helped the Bengalis in varying and changing 
•ay.s. At present 10,000 war-ravaged families are 
sing settled and trained in a massive agricultural 
reject in increase food production — which is 
itally essential in this country where famine is 
n unrelenting threat. 

Because it seems that it is always the children 
ho suffer the most in a tragedy, WRC is fund- 
ig care for 6,000 undernourished children in 
reschool clinics conducted by Chandragona Chris- 
an Hospital. 

Korea. Though major programs begun in 

orea 17 years ago have been transferred to the 

orean Holiness Church, WRC continues to help 
1 several areas, such as the school for blind chil- 
ren, the leper colony, and several orphanages. 
here is also cooperation with Southern Presby- 

rians in providing movable medical and surgical 
nits to Kwang Ju Hospital. This equipment will 
elp to improve services at the hospital and per- 
lit the staff to move units to four sateUite areas 
'hen needed. These are in a region serving four 
lillion people. 

Laos. Funds distributed through missionaries 
re used to purchase necessities for tribespeople 
eing continually displaced by the war. Also help 
? given to provide buffaloes and rice for food pro- 
iiction, and centers for education and worship 
/here refugees have settled. 

India. WRC has been channeling emergency 
elief funds to Christian, agencies to help insure 
he survival of millions of people in the north and 
ast districts who have been caught in one of the 
/oi'st famines to hit India. Insufficient rain 
aused a severe two-year drought. Animals needed 
or food and food production are dying. 

In Calcutta area, vocational training has been 
nitiated to enable young men to become self- 

Sub-Sahara Africa. In the countries of Upper 
Volta, Mali, Niger, Chad, Mauritania, and Senegal, 
a 40-month drought has resulted in serious fam- 
ine. WRC has sent funds to Upper Volta to aid 
the people suffering in these countries. 

Sudan. As a member of the Africa Committee 
for Rehabilitation of Southern Sudan (ACROSS), 
a united evangelical effort to resettle a million 
refugees following a lengthy civil war, WRC has 
provided funds, medicines, and hospital equipment. 

Nicaragua. Within hours of the earthquake 
which devastated Managua on December 23, 1972, 
WRC dispatched $7,000 to be used for relief sup- 
plies by evangelical missions working in the city. 
An additional $70,000 has been provided to be used 
for emergency feeding stations for children, a 
mobile hospital and medicines, house repair and 
construction, support of pastors, evangelistic cam- 
paigns, and distribution of 25,000 Spanish 

Chile. Since 1966, WRC has been using U.S. 
f ood-for-peace in a massive f ood-for-work land and 
commimity development program, has fed thous- 
ands of children and adults in institutions, helped 
in disaster relief, initiated a nutrition-training pro- 
gram, and distributed clotliing, vitamins and 

The Spiritual Plus 
All assistance is accompanied by spiritual help 
in some form. WRC terms its ministry as "Hu- 
manitarian Concern . . . with a Plus!" The "plus" 
is the desire to present Christ as the answer to 
man's deepest needs, which goes beyond meeting 
physical demands. 

The people who ai'e helped with material assist- 
ance often sense that there is the motivation of 
love behind the service given. Some ask: "Why 
are you here when you don't have to be?" Or, 
"Why are you doing this for us?" Because WRC 
works through evangelicals, both nationals and 
Americans, there is often opportunity to tell of 
the compassionate Christ who cared enough to 
come to this world. 

Material aid opens a door to reception of the 
Gospel. In Managua missionaries report there is 
an unusual interest in the Scriptures, church ser- 
vices are well attended, and there is an increase 
in conversions. 

In WRC's children's hospital in Vietnam, 90 
children accepted Christ in nine months. Some 
who had been difficult to deal with become co- 
operative. Many told their families about Christ. 
Eleven-year-old Thiet was brought into the 
hospital with serious burns caused by boiling 
water. It was considered doubtful if he would 
live. But slowly he recovered. His family was 
traditionally Buddhist. Until Thiet came to the 
hospital, he had never heard the name of 
Jesus Christ. Through the love shown him by 
the Christian hospital staff, and by the Bible 
stories and conversation with Mr. Ai, Viet- 
namese hospital chaplain, he came to under- 
stand who Christ is. 

One day he told Mr. Ai that he now knew 
that Buddha could not help him, but Jesus 
could. They prayed together and Thiet gave 
his heart to the Lord. 

Mrs. Judy Long, wife of the medical director. 
Dr. Robert Long, said: "Tliiet told the other 

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kids in the burn unit about Jesus' love for 
them. Each new patient heard about his ex- 
perience and how he beheved God loved him 
regardless of his deformities. When he noticed 
one little girl wasn't having as much pain when 
her dressings were changed, he told her that 
she should thank God that she was getting 

"Thiet also talked to his mother about Jesus, 
and she talked to Mr. Ai on several occasions. 
Now she wants to become a Christian. Thief's 
joyfulness and unhesitating testimony of God's 
love have been a challenge to us all and made 
us so thankful for the opportunity of present- 
ing Christ to these Idds." 

WIio can tell the eternal results of love in 

The love of Christ constrains us to know thai 
"Christian love cares" in a practical way by pro- 
viding "food for the body" as well as "food foi ^ 
the soul" (a WRC slogan), by binding the wounds' 
of those who are hurting and sick, by distributing ; 
blankets and housing materials to the homeless 
by caring what happens to little ones in instituj 
tions, by giving hope for the future through; 
education. i 

It is love — personally given. As Frances Ridley 
Havergal prayed: | 

"Take my hands and let them move 
At the impulse of Thy love." 


Mrs. Graffam is the ivife of Everett S. 
Graffmn. executive vice-president of World 
Relief Commission. In the last issue of the 
EVANGELIST she authored "Married To A 
Traveling Man." 





In East Pakistan, an emaciated woman squatted 
on a hummock of land and looked with longing 
eyes out across the Bay of Bengal. A lot of water, 
but not a drop to drink. The ground was cracking- 
dry, the sun scorching. 

As an American photographer came near she 
raised her sunken eyes and, through blistered 
lips, begged, "Water!" 

He didn't have any. 

After he left she noticed a group of people off 
in the distance crowding around a vehicle. On 
shaking legs she dragged herself there. An Ameri- 
can missionary, the Rev. Phil Parshall of Inter- 
national Christian Fellowship, was just getting 
back into his truck. A Bengali man was pumping 
water! She could hardly believe it. She drank 
greedily, relishing the feel of the water on her 
parched lips and dry throat. 

This woman was one of the homeless survivors 
of a killer storm and tidal wave which had crashed 
in from the Bay. Her family and all she owned 
had been lost. She would have lost her life too if 
the missionary hadn't brought materials for a 
shallow well. 

(WBC had cabled funds to purchase the needed 
well-drilling supplies.) 

Baj, a normal Bengali boy, was hungry. He and 
his little sister had been standing outside the 
Assemblies of God mission compound all night 

Vpiil 6, 1974 

Page Seventeen 


The Agency Through Which Brethren 
Dollars Are Channeled 

Two Phases of Aid 

i The World Relief Commission relief work has 
|wo phases. Phase I provides tJie means for sur- 
Hval. Dealing directly with missionaries avoids 
)olitical compUcations and food-shipping delays. 
; Phase II helps assure a long-range food supply 
)y teaching improved farming methods, use of 
ertiUzers, animal husbandry, water production 
md its efficient use. 

In Bangladesh, as an example. Phase I began 
vith the tidal wave, continued in refugee camps 
n India, and is still operating among the home- 
ess. Phase II is being carried out in Khulna Dis- 
rict where 2,000 acres of useless land are being 
gradually transformed into orderly rows of 50-acre 
)lots with irrigation ditches and dikes at strategic 

A family farms an acre. When the whole area 
s developed it will provide good land for 10,000 
refugee and other war-affected families. The direc- 
!or and tract foreman are Bengali Christians. 
I WRC is providing American know-how, tractors, 
illers, miracle rice and vegetable seed, fertiUzer, 
rrigation pumps and fuel. Through the use of 
Ihese materials there will be two rice crops per 
rear instead of the one during the monsoon 

' Co-ops and co-op training centers have been in- 
stituted. "The local agricultural extension worker 
js the key to Asia's future food supply. He is the 
only one who can reach local farmers and change 
Iheir farming techniques," the International Rice 
'nstitute states. 

Because these people have nothing to start with, 
I seed bank has been set up which will permit a 
amily to withdraw seed-rice to plant their acre. 
^t hai"vest one-third of the yield will be returned 
lo the bank, one-third kept for food, one-third sent 
o the co-op to be sold. 

Helping the farmer become self-sufficient is in 
veeping with WRC poUcy, and is an affirmative 
mswer to Prime Minister Mujibur Rahman's com- 
nent on the first birthday of the little country. 

"We cannot keep on getting food from abroad 
IS a gift," he said. "We must develop new foods, 
such as vegetables which require a shorter grow- 
ing season than rice." He then initiated a nation- 
wide campaign to increase food production. 

U.S. Government's Gift to the Hungry 

In 1954 the U.S. Government formed the Inter- 
aational Cooperation Agency (now USAID), where 
,oy registering as a voluntary relief agency WRC 
received surplus foods such as cornmeal, soybeans, 
'dried milk, salad oil and wheat which could be 
distributed overseas. Tons of surplus food com- 
podities, under Public Law-480 (foods for peace), 
are given to voluntary agencies each year. The 
government also pays ocean freight shipping costs. 
Without this aid many evangelical Christian 

agencies would have to seriously curtail their 

A Spiritual Plus 

WRC's slogan is, "Food for the Body and Food 
for the Soul." Material aid is accompanied by a 
Gospel witness suitable to the occasion. It may be 
a preaching service, distribution of tracts or Scrip- 
tures, person-to-person evangelism, Bible stories 
for children or classes for adults. 

"I was hungry and you fed me; thirsty, and 
you gave me drink," Jesus said. WRC, along with 
other evangelical Christian agencies, is "Serving 
as unto Christ" in times of disaster. 


IN BANGLADESH, rice farmers used to plant 
one crop a year, during the monsoon season. WRC 
has successfully experimented with a second dry- 
season crop. 

In 1972 when Khulna District refugees returned, 
WRC introduced them to farm cooperative man- 
agement and supplied seed and some farming 
equipment. 50-acre blocks were laid out in various 
locations along rivers and canals. Bengali Chris- 
tians were hired as block managers. Now 10,000 
families, averaging six people each, are learning 
to be self-supporting. 

The women are enthusiastic. Several wddows 
and other women came pleading for some hoes 
and seed for themselves so they could speed up 
food production by hand-working their land. 

Hoes and seed were supplied and now more 
than 1,000 women are each responsible for an 
acre. They are called "societies" with their own 
leadership. Regular meetings are held and record 
of activities and savings are maintained. 

Bij building inimps and pump houses along 

wateriuays , WRC is helping the Bengalis 

meet their food crisis through 

cooperative farming and irrigation. 

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WHAT CAN $2,000 DO? 

WRC pu7-chased these sewing machines for 

these classes in Laos. These two tvar 

widotvs are learning a trade as a result. 

With funds supplied by the World Relief Com- 
mission, Rev. Charles E. Gustafson, pastor of the 
International Protestant Church in Vientiane, 
Laos, purchased: 

— a water buffalo for a refugee tribe for rice 

— blood for refugees in a hospital; 
— house and church building materials among 

the Meo; 
— ^15 sewing machines and two sewing schools 

for Meo and Khamou; 
— relief supplies to Keng Koh following enemy 
Phil and John Lersch met Rev. Gustafson in 
Bangkok in April, 1972. Seated across the table 
from him at a dinner, they learned through con- 
versation of the World Relief and Missionary ac- 
tivities he was doing in Laos. 

The Brethren Evangeli 




The South Vietnam Government has taken stefiff 
within the past year to insure the same education- 
al opportunities to tribal hill people ( Montagnards) 
as to ethnic Vietnamese, reports Rev. Richard W. \ 
Pendell, Overseas Administrator for World Relief 

The war forced the Montagnards from their 
characteristic nomadic existence, and the Govern- 
ment is assisting them in forming more i>erman- 1 
ent life styles. 

Government officials from the ministries of 
Social Welfare, Ethnic Minorities, and Labor ex- 
amined 83 students prior to graduation at the 
Dalat Tribal Vocational Training Center, testing 
the school's performance in the field of vocational 

The "School of State" title which was granted 
will enable graduates to work anywhere in Viet- 
nam, and makes the school eligible for Govern- 1 
ment assistance. 

The Center, built in 1971 under direction of 
Rev. Wesley Schelander, Christian & Missionary 
Alliance missionary, was jointly sponsored by the 
Southern Tribal District of the Evangelical Church 
of Vietnam, Vietnam Ministry of Social Welfare, 
and World Relief Commission. 

Under guidance of Christian tribal administra- 
tors and teachers the students are trained as 
skilled cai-penters, mechanics, tailors, shop owners, , 
electricians, sheet metal workers, masons, typists, ; 
and home economists. A hundred students are en- 1 
rolled in the third freshman class. 

Phil and John Lersch talked with Rev. Sche-n 
lander in Saigon in 1973, at which time he told I 
about the development of this school. 

One view of the SHOP at the Dalat 

(Vietnam) Tribal Vocatio7ial 

Training Center. 

AprU 6, 1974 

Page Nineteen 


Barren Watering Hole, Sub-Sahara Country. 
What if this ivere your front-yard scene? 


or will MILLIONS of people In 
sub-Sahara countries die of starvation? 

Can you imagine riding 100 miles and not see 
a blade of grass? 

In that same mileage you would see only the 
grotesque shape of dead trees, and cracked-dry 
river beds where once there was a torrent of 
precious water. 

The living cattle are but skin stretched over 
bones, and there are many carcasses. 

The people are pitiable in the 120 degree heat. 
Adults are gaunt and staring and children with 
oversize tummies teeter on spindly legs. 

An air of hopelessness muffles the sounds as 
10 million people are threatened with death by 

Years of insufficient rainfall, cattle over-grazing, 
and lack of adequate agricultural planning for the 
eventuality of drought have brought these cata- 
strophic conditions to the Sub-Sahara African 
countries of: 
Upper Volta, 


Tlie Sahara Desert is moving in at tlie rate of 
14 miles a year. 

As the lakes, rivers, ponds and watering holes dry 
up, the people, especially nomads in the north who 
depend on animals for UveUhood, have left their 
native areas, sold their livestock, and have become 
refugees around government food distribution 
centers, villages or cities. This aggravates an al- 
ready tragic condition in those locations. 

Mr. George Doud, WRC's Administrative Vice 
President, when surveying the famine areas said: 
"This is probably the worst disaster WBC has 
ever faced. Certainly the most widespread" (2600 

Along with other voluntary agencies, WRC is 
providing funds (over $30,000 to date) just to help 
keep the people alive. Evangelical missionaries 
have purchased and distributed sorghum, millet 
and rice. Shallow wells are being dug. 

WRC's long-range plans include aid in an 
attempt to break the drought cycle. 

Page Twenty The Brethren Evangelisa 


August 12-18 in Ashland, Ohio 

Monday Night: 

Program of World Relief information and activities (esi>ecially for those not 
involved in meetings of Boards and Committees). 

Sewing Booklet: 

This booklet will give detailed information for sewing groups about projects 
for World Relief, Brethren Care and Brethrens' Home, and Brethren World 
Missions. Watch for it; in preparation now. 

Sewing Workshop: 

Plans are underway to have a Sewing Workshop open all week long. This spe- 
cial room would be open every day so those with an hour or two of free time 
could come in and work on some project that would help someone else. 

Soup Supper: 

The Ninth Annual SOUP SUPPER FOR WORLD RELIEF will again be held 
on Friday noon in the college cafeteria. Come again and "Eat Less to Feed 


. . . YOU MISSED the World Relief Financial Report in the last issue of the Breth- 
ren Evangelist. . . . Let me say again — 

TOTAL OF $13,502 FOR WORLD RELIEF in 1973. That's 4,003 more dollars than 
in 1972. 

Thanks be to God for supplying . . . and to you, Brethren for responding to 

Here's where that extra money came from: 

$4,911 The total increased giving by 55 churches. 
-1,229 The total decreased giving in 28 churches. 

$3,682 The net gain in the church offerings. 
-f 300 The total increased giving from individuals. 
+ 21 The increase in the Conference Soup Supper profit. 


Because the needs of the people WRC is helping are so great, let's rise above 
the $13,502 total in 1974. Even with our rising cost of living, and the economic pin- 
ches, we still have so much more than most cultures of the world. Consequently, 
we can enjoy the luxury of sharing what we have with those who don't have! 

May 1974 he a JOYFUL year for aU of us . . . because we are finding more 
ways of sharing our wealth. 

Piiil Lersch, Chairman 


ipril 6, 1974 

Page Twenty-one 



Dr. Emmert C. Lentz, 68, director of health 

ervices at Ashland College died unexpectedly on 

ebruary 25, 1974. Dr. Lentz, a retired Air Force 

i'nedical officer, had been on the Ashland College 

-taff since January 1966. In June 1965, Dr. Lentz 

iiVas awarded the Legion of Merit, upon his re- 
Srement after 32 years in the Medical Corps. He 
vas formerly chief of the life sciences division 
n the office of deputy, The Inspector General, 
JSAF, Norton Air Force Base in California. Dr. 
jentz is the author of a number of publications 
in aerospace medicine. 

Born in Dayton on Sept. 7, 1905, he was the 
on of Jesse and Barbara Adelberger Lentz. He 
vas married in 1936 to Anna Lorraine Ley, who 
urvives. Other survivors include one son. Major 
5ean Lentz, M.D. of Kessler Air Force Base in 
tlississippi ; one daughter, Barbara Ann, a student 
it Riverside School of Nursing in Columbus; one 
dster, Mrs. G. L. Rogers of Dayton; two brothers, 
Dscar H. of Dayton and Howard W. of Brookville. 

He was a member of the Park Street Brethren 
Church. Funeral service was held Thusday at 10:00 
i.m. at the Park Street Brethren Church, wdth 
\ev. Eugene Beekley officiating. 


Mrs. Sylvia Scarlett 93, of Elkhart, Indiana, 
passed away February 18, 1974, at the Om Nurs- 
ing Home in Milford, Indiana; where she had 
resided for the past 5 years. Services were held 
at the Stemm Lawson Funeral Home on February 
20, 1974 with burial at New Paris, Indiana with 
Pastor Dale RuLon officiating. 
* * * 


Mr. Richard James Wilkins 76, died Dec. 30, 
1973. Funeral services were conducted at the Dale 
Church of the Brethren by the Rev. C. Y. GOmer, 
the Rev. Ward Halterman, and the Rev. B. R. 
Vaughn; burial was in New Dale Cemetery. Sur- 
viving are three daughters, Mrs. Mildred Stroop 
of Broadway, Mrs. Audry Mowery of Rio, and 
Mrs. Savilla Lantz of Bergton. Three sons, Irvin 
of Hayfield, Grant of Broadway, and Phillip of 
Baker. A sister. Miss Pearl Wilkins of Baker; a 
brother, Herbert of Wardensville; 13 grandchil- 
dren and 2 great-grandchildren. 



Darlene Silver and Randy Yoder were united 
in marriage on Friday evening February 16, 1974. 
The double ring ceremony took place at The First 
Brethren Church in Elkhart, Indiana with Pastor 
Dale RuLon officiating. Darlene is the daughter 
of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Silver of Elkhart. Randy 
is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Yoder of Elkhart. 
Randy is in the U.S. Army and is stationed in 
Key West, Florida. 

The Yoders are residing at 623 Fleming Apt. 3, 
Key West Florida 33040. 


Francis and Laura Swain celebrated their 67th 
Wedding Anniversary on March 21. 

Oakville, Indiana 

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SUNNYVALE, Calif. (EP)— Argentine evangel- 
ist Luis Palau will appear on television in 15 Latin 
American countries and in Spain beginning Palm 
Sunday and continuing every day of Holy Week. 

Palau's eight broadcasts will declare the Easter 
message to viewers in Argentina, Chile, Paraguay, 
Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Pan- 
ama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Salvador, Honduras, 
Guatemala, Mexico and Spain. 


NEW YORK (EP)— Good news can be gleaned 
from statistics concerning the status of faith in 
America, AP Religion Writer George Cornell ob- 

The brightest U.S. high school pupils nowdays 
are more likely than their predecessors to consider 
religion important and to attend church regularly, 
he writes. 

The best-selling book of 1973 was a lucid version 
of the Scriptures called. The Living Bible. 

Protestant and Jewish regularity in attending 
worship services steadied in the past year, while 
Roman Catholic attendance took a sharp down- 

Despite less church-going, American religious 
interest remained just as great or greater, with 
university students strongly oriented to religion 
but not necessarily to the organized church. 

Cornell quoted statistics by the National Opinion 
Research Center in Chicago that showed the num- 
ber of students reporting no conventional religious 
affiliations dropped last year from 14.3 per cent 
to 10.1. 


WACO, Tex. (EP)— Baylor University, largest 
Baptist school in the world, has offered exiled 
Russian author Alexander Solzhenitsyn the posi- ■ 
tion of "writer in residence." 

Although Solzhenitsyn is a member of the ■ 
Russian Orthodox Church, Baylor Provost Herbert ; 
Reynolds said he "certainly is a spokesman for | 
freedom of religion." 

Names in the News 

Elmer Bradley, a former Mayor of Tempe, 
Arizona and a leading churchman and builder, has 
been named chairman of the executive committee 
for the Arizona Billy Graham Crusade in Tempe, 
May 5-12. 

D. Elton Trueblood, Quaker philosopher and 
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appreciation to Edwin V. Hayden, editor of 
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as a guest editorial. [Editor's note} 

Birthday observances for Presidents Washington 
and Lincoln have already elicited moans about 
the lack of heroes in our present day. Violations 
of integrity in high places, we are told, have de- 
prived American youth of their natural right to 
respect and admire public leaders: hence youth 
must find their heroes among the rebels and the 
attaclcers against the status quo. From a different 
perspective someone has commented that we have 
no heroes in politics; we have destroyed them 

The destruction of heroes is deeply rooted in 
American democracy, with its rejection of royalty 
and its pride in the "common man." So when a 
commoner from the hills of Kentucky and the 
woodlands of Illinois reaches the White House, 
he has a special claim to admiration. The most 
powerful of men are still human, we insist. 

Humanity is subject to failings, we know, and 
so we bolster our self-esteem by finding fault 
even with those we most admire. Washington and 
Lincoln are not spared. Historical muckraking, 
prominent half a century ago, stirred up enough 
mud to stain the statues of the great wdth re- 
minders that even they were human. 

Humanity has another aspect, however, that we 
too easily forget. That is its need for compassion. 
Even subjects of a king could pray for him as a 
person, remembering how "uneasy lies the head 
that wears a crovwi." And even when the Caesars 
were pretending to be gods, with prayers and 
sacrifices offered to them, Paul reminded Timothy 
that these emperors and all their satellite rulers 
were themselves men, standin' in the need of 
prayer (I Timothy 2:1, 2) ! Strange, isn't it, that 
the apostle should not attack the rulers as false 
gods to be torn down, but rather should intercede 
for them as responsible men to be built up in the 
fulfillment of their God-given tasks! 

It is to the lasting credit of Presidents Washing- 
ton and Lincoln that they recognized their human 
need for divine help and that they sought that 
help In prayer. 

Now we have another President, with human 
faults and human needs. The faults are advertised 
daily — almost hourly — through newscasts, inter- 
views, and talk shows on radio and television, and 
through headlines, comments, and survey reports 
in newspapers. The needs are almost totally for- 
gotten. This one-sided treatment is hard to explain 
and still harder to understand at a time when 
compassionate regard for human needs is the 
"in" principle wath respect to almost everyone 
else — especially the disadvantaged and the rebels 
against authority, even when their rebellion be- 
comes violent crime. But compassion for the 
President is hard to find. 

One available explanation does nothing to com- 
fort us in these troubled times. Our theory may 
be expressed in comparison with a football game. 
Mr. Nixon scored, resoundingly, in the fall election, 
1972. The voters had spoken, but the opposition — 
notably represented in the media for interpreting 
and sometimes making as well as reporting news 
— didn't like what the voters had said. Stung but 
not subdued, they determined to reverse the score. 
The way of the skilled quarterback was open 
to them: find some defensive weakness and ex- 
ploit that weakness relentlessly, persistently, 
mercilessly, until the whole defense breaks dovwi. 

Watergate provided what the opposition needed. 
Even if the President didn't perform the stupid 
blunder there, he could be implicated with what 
his supporters did. Even if the President could not 
be charged with crime, private accusations could 
be made to serve the same purpose. Even if the 
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President could not be accused of any specific 
misdeed, general implications and innuendoes 
could be just as devasting. Swift resolution of the 
whole matter in the courts would not suffice. 
That would end the affair and without getting the 
man they were after. Instead there would be 
months-long hearings, publicly displayed, to gain 
by suggestion what formal charges could never 

Then someone whispered "resign" and "im- 
peach." The media provided a megaphone through 
which the whisper grew to a shout that began 
to sound like the voice of the whole crowd at the 
ball game. 

The original crime had long since been lost in 
charges of "cover-up," and the media almost per- 
suaded the public that cover-up was a newly in- 
vented evil. In fact they nearly covered up some 
dramatic cover-ups that longer-memoried folk can 
well recall. 

Then there were the tapes, and the story of the 
tapes was replayed enough times to wear out any 
tapes or tape player yet invented. Through it all 

there appears a bitter irony — two crimes are laid 
at the President's door. First, someone close to 
the White House arranged to listen in on others' 
political conversations. Second, someone in the 
White House seems to have resisted the attempts 
of others — including the whole world by way of 
Washington cocktail parties — to listen in on the 
President's executive conversations. So in the 
public courtroom of the media it becomes a crime 
— whatever it is — if the White House does it! The 
team with the media's football may yet destroy 
their target — and the nation. 

The President is not perfect. Some of his heroic 
predecessors may have been imperfect, too. He is 
probably not wholly blameless. That, too, would 
place him in a severely limited company. But the 
President will do an immeasurably better job in 
his difficult position if Christians, at least, re- 
member that he has human needs as well as hu- 
man failings. The Scripture, remember, urges 
that we pray for — not prey on — those who govern 
us. When we leam to do that, we may yet raise 
up a few genuine heroes. 


WASHINGTON, D.C. (EP)— "Be a chOd in your 
faith again and believe that God loves you," Dr. 
Norman Vincent Peale told 250 persons invited 
by President Nixon to a White House religious 
service held on St. Patrick's Day. 

Among the guests were the Irish Ambassador 
to the U.S., John G. Molloy, and the U.S. Am- 
bassador to Eire, John D. J. Moore. 

The service marked the fourth time that Dr. 
Peale, famed preacher, writer and pastor of 
Marble Collegiate church in New York had led a 
service in the East Room. It was the 43rd White 
House service since Mr. Nixon began the practice 
on Jan. 26, 1969. 

In a 20-minute sermon, "The Answer is Love," 
Dr. Peale based his theme on the well-known "love 
chapter," Coi-inthians 13, which he read. 

He said a young seminarian once asked the late 
Karl Bai-th to define Christianity in one sentence, 
to which the theologian replied (quoting an old 
Sunday School hymn) : " 'Jesus loves me this I 
know, for the Bible tells me so.' " 

"In any judgment," said Dr. Peale, "what this 

world needs now is a re-emphasis on this simple 
truth." He said it will amaze most jjeople how the 
words, "God loves you — and so do I," can change 
the lives of people going through particularly dif- 
ficult times. 

"Every human pain is here is this room, hidden 
behind often smiling faces," he said. "But there's 
something else in this house: God loves you and 
watches over you and takes care of you." 

However, he added, the "essence of Christianity" 
is not only that "God loves us, but that we are 
supposed to love one another." The "only thing 
that will save the world is that people stop hating 
one another and instead love each other," he said. 

Sitting in the front row with President NLxon 
during the 40-minute service was his daughter, 
Julie Eisenhower and her husband David (they 
were married by Dr. Peale in 1968), Mrs. Peale, 
and Chief Justice and Mi-s. Warren E. Burger. 

Mrs. Nixon missed her first White House service 
due to a "light flu" she had developed, after flying 
the day before from BrazUia, Brazil to Nashville, 
Tenn., a nine-hour flight. 

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And, behold, there dwelt in a nearby town a 
family who belonged to the church of the Living 
Lord. On the Lord's Day morning of a certain 
week the youngest son of the fannOy was afflicted 
with a cold. Calling to him, the elder son and the 
two daughters, the father told the family that 
they would not be able to attend the church of 
the Living Lord on that day because of the cold 
which was bothering the younger brother. There- 
fore the family spent the day at home. On the 
morrow the younger son was still afflicted with 
his cold; however, only mother remained at home 
to comfort and to care for him — father went to his 
usual daily work; the elder brother and the two 
sisters were sent to the place of learning. And 
so it continued throughout the rest of the week, 
for it was only on the Lord's Day that the afflic- 
tion of one member of that family hindered the 
activities of the other members. 

On the Lord's Day following, that family went 
to the church of the Living Lord and heard the 
pastor as he spake concerning the bringing of 
the tithe into the storehouse. After returning to 
their home, as the family brake bread, the father 
of that household said, 'Yea, verily, that pastor is 
beside himself. If we heeded his exhortation to give 
a tithe of all that I have to the work of the church 
it would take sixty dollars a month, and of a surety 
he realizes that I ceinnot make such a sacrifice as 
that without taking bread and clothing from our 
family' — and the rest of the family began each 
one to consent. Not many days hence the master 
of that house gazed upon his wife and said, 
'Woman, we have been driving that same car for 
four years now and hath seen many of our neigh- 
bors purchase for themselves new cars. Let us 
take ourselves to the market place and see if we 
can drive a bargain.' And so they sojourned to the 
place where cars were bought and sold, and after 
a short time they laid their hands upon one and 
said to the seller, 'We will take this one for our 
own' — ^and straightway they covenanted wdth the 
merchant to pay him one hundred and ten dollars 
a month — with little thought of how it would 
affect the bread and clothing of their family. 

Now the church of the Living Lord, having a 
concern for the welfare of the congregation, 
sought to minister in divers ways to the needs of 
the people; and, because he also had a concern for 
the welfare of the people, the pastor of that flock 
exhorted them to benefit from the sundry ser- 
vices and activities of that church. Lx) there were 
times for studying the Word of God, there were 
times set aside for the men of that church to unite 
in study and work, there were times set aside for 
the women to draw away from the hustle and 

bustle of household chores and to enjoy sweet 
fellowship with their sisters. And some of the 
families in the church of the Living Lord attended 
many of these special occasions and found blessing 
therein. However, the family in the nearby town 
did not avail themselves of these times of blessing. 
And when the pastor of the church of the Living 
Lord inquired concerning this seeming lack of 
interest the householder replied, 'Behold, we have 
little time for such activities. Also when any of 
the family attends such programs either I or the 
lady of the house must interrupt our work to take 
them to the church.' A few weeks later that pastor 
went to that house to visit the family one evening 
only to discover that they had driven to the next 
village to participate in a ball game. He returned 
the next evening, and lo and behold, the house 
was again vacant; for the father was attending 
a gathering of his lodge, the sisters were at a 
meeting of the local girls' club, the elder and 
younger brother were engaged in practice at the 
ball field and at school — and since the mother did 
not want to be at home alone she had driven in 
the second car to a movie house. And that pastor, 
after going to that home on several occasions, 
always wdth the same result, said within himself, 
'Where your treasure is, there will your heart be 

Now there was in a far distant city another 
pastor and preacher whose voice was carried far 
and near through the miracle of radio and tele- 
vision, and the family from the church of the 
Living Lord found pleasure in listening to the 
messages of this great prophet. The householder 
often spoke to his friends and neighbors concern- 
ing this great spokesman of the Lord's, and 
especially praised the far-off preacher because of 
his courage in speaking out and not permitting 
the fear of "treading upon a hearer's toes" hinder 
his proclaiming of the Word. "Of a truth," the 
man of the house would say, "that preacher is 
the kind of man I like to hear, for he feareth not 
what other men might say. He letteth the chips 
fall where they may." There came a time when 
the pastor and deacons of the church of the Living 
Lord noticed that the man from the nearby town 
and his famUy had not been in the services of the 
church of the Living Lord for several Sundays 
and so straightway several of the brethren so- 
journed to this man's house to inquire about his 
welfare and his absence. Upon stating their con- 
cern over his absence the deacons were told by 
the man of the house that he had been offended 
by the pastor of the church of the Living Lord 
because some of his exhortations and some of 
his admonitions were too pointed and troubleth 
his heart and mind. 

When the parable was finished the people 
standing beside the preacher said unto him, "Tell 
us, we pray, what meaneth this parable?" And 
the preacher repUed, "Hear now the meaning of 
the parable: Vanity of vanity, surely people (even 
members of the church of the Living Lord) are 

Henry Bates 

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VUoderators Manna 

The Constitution of the United States does not 
guarantee happiness to human beings, but the 
right to the pursuit of happiness. The writers of 
this great document had enough wisdom to know 
they couldn't offer happiness to humanity — for 
it is a quality of life that is individually acquired. 
The wisdom of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount 
(Matt. 5-7) speaks boldly to this point. 

Happiness is an active attitude. It is available 
to those who seek it. Perhaps this is why our 
Lord placed so much emphasis on personal in- 
volvement. One basic demand of the Kingdom is: 
"If any man would come after me, let him deny 
himself and take up his cross and follow me." 
Wow! What activity and involvement, but what 
happiness for the discoverer. 

It appears to me that more of the people of God 
will know happiness when we know active involve- 
ment. Allow me the opportunity to share three 
ingredients that I believe are integral parts of 

I. ACCEPT — The starting point is when we 
accept Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord of our 
. life. Yes, His will is my will in my life. I may 
choose to retire from my business or vocation, 
but never from service for Jesus. The churches 
across the Brotherhood have far too many retired 
Christians of all ages sitting in our comfortable 
pews. They are unhappy because they are unln- 
volved as disciples of the Master. Therefore the 
task of the church is to create the good news 

attitude of involvement where each person allows 
other persons to be serving the Kingdom as God 
stirs them. Sometimes we fmd that hard to ac- 
cept because we want all to be as we are. 

Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "Don't try to make 
other people over into a copy of yourself, for 
God knows, and you should too, that one person 
like you is all the world can stand." The Church 
is the living body made up of different bodies 
who all accept Jesus Christ and function within 
a body or they become unhappy. It is when we 
accept others even as God has accepted us, then 
we move a long step m the direction of happiness. 

II. AGREE— The prophet Amos (3:3) implies if 
two people are to walk together they must dis- 
cover agreement. Paul suggests that believers 
are not to be unequally yoked together with un- 
believers. Within His Church we must agree upon 
the cardinal doctrines of the Christian faith or we 
create unhappiness and become unhappy our- 
selves. The Brethren Church has been built upon 
the precept of the local church developing aggres- 
sive leadership in its methodology to proclaim 
the loving message of good news. 

Let us not try to mold all churches alike, but 
search and seek for each to be flexible as they 
become most effective in Christian outreach in 
their community. For the Christian, happiness is 
wanting what you get from God. Could it be that 
many of us have not been thankful and agreeable 
with what God bestows? Therefore, we must 
purify our purpose and focus our faith in order 
to discover the reality of happiness within our- 
selves and His Church. 

III. APPLAUD— This is the most neglected and 
least utilized of the ingredients. Just as a happy 
marriage demands of the husband, wife and chil- 
dren to applaud and show appreciation one to 
another, so must the members of the E>eople of 
God. Why should Christians neglect such an im- 
portant aspect in their lives? Is it because we are 
too busy thinking about ourselves that we forget 
others? The Apostle Paul's letters (Philippians & 
Philemon ) point out his ability to exhort, but also, 
his ability to applaud when it was needed. So did 
Mary applaud Jesus at a special time by the use 
of the priceless ointment. Is there someone to 
whom you ought to express sincere gratitude? 

It is exciting to realize the potential of the 
Brethren Church, when we the people, become 
filled with happiness. It is like a child's favorite 
jam. It not only covers his bread, but it usually 
gets spread upon his face. Let us spread the 
happiness of Jesus within and without the people 
of God through our active involvement for His 
Church. Let's go, happy pUgrinis! 

Paul D. Steiner 
220 E. Locust St. 
Lanark, Illtnois 61046 

April 20, 1974 

Tag-e Seven 


In all their travels, Peggy seems to have felt 
most at home in Turkey and confesses to having 
the warmest spot in her heart for its people. Asked 
why, she replies that perhaps they are most like 
Americans, even to their sense of humor. 

Her proficiency in the Turkish language came 
not from formal study, but, as she says, "by going 
down and getting lost." To be sure, she studied 
some grammar for more correctness in speaking, 
but most of her skill came from actual encounters 
with the people, taking trips alone, and visiting 
in their homes. One of her laboratory experiments, 
as it might be called, resulted in her interesting 
some wealthy Turkish people in helping the poor. 

Yes, she loves Turkey, but not only the kind you 
stuff and eat with cranberry sauce. One need not 
be a women's libber to acquire enthusiasm for 
activities in adddition to cooking and housekeep- 
ing. At least, Peggy Beekley has vwdened her 
horizons far beyond these confines, without re- 
pudiating them as a part of her role as a wife. In 
the great laboratory of life, she has conducted 
many experiments in human relationships. 

While her husband, Reverend Eugene Beekley 
— presently serving as pastor of the Park Street 
Brethren Church in Ashland and formerly chap- 
lain (Lieutenant Colonel) in the United States 
Air Force — was stationed in foreign fields, she 
accompanied him wherever she was allowed to 
go. She learned to know the people, the languages 
and cultures. 

While in Okinawa and in Turkey, she taught in 
their schools, becoming well acquainted with their 
people and customs. Stationed two years at Adana, 
Turkey, she taught social studies and language 

Several summers ago, since the Beekleys re- 
turned to the States to live, Peggy visited Turkey 
again to renew acquaintance with old friends and 
her "second home." Asked if it wasn't a bit fright- 
ening to travel alone, knowing very little or noth- 
ing of the language where she was traveling, and 
where those she encountered often knew no 
English, she replied, "It's amazing how well one 
can get along, if he knows only 'heUo, goodby, 
thank you, and please.' Motions also are helpful." 

This summer Peggy plans to spend some weeks 
in Colombia, South America, increasing her Imow- 
ledge of Spanish and teaching some English to 
the Colombians. She will likely live with Spanish- 
speaking people, but will also spend some time 
with the Solomons. 

This versatile little lady looks upon the world 
as her home and upon its people as her family. 
To her we can say in the meaningful phrase of 
some of her favorite people (Turkish), Al la ha is 
sma la dik, "I leave you in the hands of God," to 
which she will doubtless reply, Gule, Gule, "Go 
smiUngly!" — il 

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LAUSANNE, Switzerland — Four speakers at the 
forthcoming International Congress on World 
Evangelization have cautioned evangelical Chris- 
tians to take culture seriously and to communi- 
cate the Gospel in terms that are understandable 
in the cultures in which they work. 

The advice is contained in position papers by 
four theologians on four continents. Their texts 
are in the second group of papers being mailed 
in advance to the 2700 participants in the con- 
gress which is scheduled here July 16-25. 

Writers of the second set of study documents 
are: Susumu Uda, Japan Christian Theological 
Seminary, Tokyo; Howard A. Snyder, Free Meth- 
odist Theological Seminary, Sao Paulo, Brazil; 
Francis A. Schaeffer, L'Abri Fellowship, Huemoz, 
Switzerland; and George W. Peters, Dallas (Texas) 
Theological Seminary, U.S.A. 

As their papers were mailed, participants' re- 
sponses to the first group of documents were be- 
ginning to reach the congress office in Lausanne. 
In an unusual procedure, every person invited to 
the July meeting of Christian leaders has been 
asked to read the texts and to respond in writing 
within two weeks after their receipt. Their com- 
ments and questions are being forwarded to the 
authors, who will spend most of their allotted 
time on the congress platform discussing points 
raised in the written replies. 

Paul E. Little, program director, expressed sat- 
isfaction with the returns which had been received 
after participants studied the first set of texts. 

"The response has been prompt, it has been 
thoughtful, and it demonstrates real interaction 
with the material," he said. Little added that the 
advance study process is increasing enthusiasm 
for the congress. 

Within three weeks from the pK>sting of the 
initial group of documents, a total of 450 replies 
had been received in the program office. 

Material in the second group is likely to evoke 
an even livelier response than that in the first. 

Snyder, writer of a paper on "The Church as 
God's Agent of Evangelism," asserts that wher 
the Bible speaks of "church" it does not mear 
denominations or other institutional structures. H€ 
claims that the church is an organism and not an 
organization bound by cultural patterns. 

His text supports denominations and specialized 
evangelistic organizations, but he calls then: 
"para-church" structures. The dean of Sao Paulo's 
Free Methodist Seminary notes that such groups 
are "useful to the extent that they aid the church 
in its mission, but (they) are man-made and cul 
turally determined." He adds, "Whereas the church 
itself is part of the new wine of the Gospel, all 
para-church structures are wineskins — useful, a1 
times indispensable, but also subject to wear and 

Two of what Snyder calls "traditional views" of 
the church are described as inadequate. He says 
both the "mystical" and "institutional" positions 
"fail to take culture seriously" whUe the church 
patterned on Biblical lines takes seriously the 
dimensions of culture: space, time and history. 

Essential to Biblical church growth, Snyder 
claims, are these four elements: proclamation of 
the Gospel, multiplication of congregations, build- 
ing of the Christian community, and exercising of 
spiritual gifts. 

Uda, from a different theological position, de- 
clares that the church is the church only so long 
as it proclaims the Biblical message. The Japanese 
Reformed Presbyterian theological professor, writ- 
ing on the topic "Biblical Authority and Evan- 
gelism," warns that "there would be no founda- 
tion for Christian faith and action" without the 
divine revelation known as the Bible. 

"It has been the faith of the people of God from 
the very foundation of the church until today that 
the Bible is the word of God in such a sense that 
whatever it says, God says, "Uda writes. He adds 
that this high view of Scripture is nothing new, 
nor was it the invention of 16th and 17th century 

April 20, 1974 

Page Nine 

Protestants. "It was indeed held by the Jews, by 
the early church, and through the centuries. Stand- 
ing on the promises of God found in the revealed 
word of God has certainly been the essential char- 
acteristic of the faith of God's people." 

The Tokyo minister cites the Apostle Paul as a 
prime example of a Christian communicator who 
proclaimed the Gospel without compromise in the 
idiom understood by his hearers. Paul's address 
to the Athenians on Mars Hill furnishes modem 
preachers a model, he suggests. 

Uda notes that Paul first m.ade contact with the 
Greek mind by mentioning their altar and un- 
known god. Then, "keenly aware of the Greek's 
monistic view of the cosmos," the apostle "wit- 
nesses to the important fact that only in the Bib- 
lical outlook the doctrine of the sovereign creator 
and ruler comes to the fullest expression without 

He asks, "Isn't it often the case that whenever 
sight is lost of the Biblical revelation on the God 
of the Bible and man's creatureliness and his 
abnormality, man's religious imagination will 
eventually end up either in blending God and 
nature (i.e. Shinto's polytheistic finite gods I or 
blending God and the self (i.e. self-deification in 

The Japanese professor says that proponents of 
the increasingly influential "political theology" 
have lost sight of Biblical revelation and "all 
Christian elements tend to be swallowed up by 
incorporation into certain political thought and 
action such as the Marxist idea of social 

Schaeffer, founder and leader of the L'Abri Fel- 
lowship which has attracted intellectuals from 
around the world, describes Christianity as a 
specific body of truth." 

"We must be careful to emphasize content in 
our messages," Schaeffer advises. "How much 
content will depend upon the people with whom 
we are working. In a university setting, the con- 
tent will be slightly different than in a situation 
where people are not as educated. Nevertheless, 
whether we work with a man or woman who is 
not as educated or whether we work with an in- 
tellectual, in all instances, the (Sospel we preach 
must be rich in content." 

The Swiss-based Presbyterian theologian warns 
that Christians must back up their verbal procla- 
mation with their actions. He claims that some 
evangelical churches have negated their own mes- 
ssage by failing to live up to their preaching. He 
cites the example of congregations which fail to 

welcome young people with "hippie" patterns of 
dress and talk and thus, in effect, add to the Bib- 
lical requirements for Christian fellowship. 

"The evangelical church often will not accept 
the person with his lifestyle unless it fits into 
the middle-class norm in that particular geograph- 
ical location," Schaeffer notes. "Unhappily, we 
often do not realize what we have done when we 
do this. It is not only a lack of love. We have de- 
stroyed the absolutes of the word of God by mak- 
ing something else equal to God's absolutes." 

Peters, professor of world missions at Dallas 
Seminary, says it "may prove disadvantageous if 
not disastrous" to try to use the same evangelistic 
methods in all cultures. 

"We do not need renewal of the Gospel," Peter 
writes, "but we do need continuous renewal of 
methodology to communicate the age-old Gospel 
in an intelligible, meaningful and purposeful 

The Dallas professor, a Mennonite, illustrates 
the need for different styles of evangelism: "Cul- 
ture has cast the mind into a certain mould of 
thinking. Some cultures are more rational- logical, 
others meditative-intuitive, still others imagina- 
tive-mythological. Our generation is rapidly be- 
coming existential. And it is this cultural mould 
of mentality that determines principles and prac- 
tices of communication. Communication does not 
take place in the same way everywhere." 

Peters concludes his paper with a warning that 
evangelism must "always remain supremely a 
message" and that methods and structures must 
remain subordinate and subservient. 

A final mailing of four study documents is 
planned in April. Before coming to the congress, 
participants will also receive a survey of world 
evangelization and papers related to the theolog- 
ical and strategy groups to which they will be 

Little, the program director, said that some 
participants had reported to him that they were 
sharing the advance texts with faculty colleagues 
in some educational institutions or with other 
Christian leaders in their areas. In some regions, 
all participants are meeting together in advance 
of the congress to study and pray together. Little 
lauded these efforts to prepare for the July meet- 
ing and to enlarge the study effort beyond those 
invited to attend the Lausanne gathering. From 
the beginning, organizers have expressed the hope 
that the congress would be viewed more as a 
process than as a single event. 


WHEATON, 11. (EP)— Lois Otta way, director of 
news services at Wheaton College, has been named 
Volunteer of the Year by officials of Programmed 
Activities for Correctional Education (PACE) at 
Cook County Jail. 

Miss Ottaway drives the approximately 25 miles 
from Wheaton to Cook County Jail, is announced 
as she walks the "boulevard" to the PACE class- 
room to teach men aged from 19 to 40 on a one- 
to-one basis. 

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The possibility of a plague seems remote and 
quite unreal to most of the modern world. How- 
ever, when news broke announcing Lassa fever 
it was a terrorizing threat — it could have triggered 
a worldwide calamity. 

The struggle to detect the source of origin, 
carrier of the disease and a cure is presented most 
interestingly in FEVER by John G. Fuller. The 
fever was first evidenced at the Lassa Mission 
hospital in a remote town in Nigeria. It is in this 
village of thatched-roof mud huts, the Church of 
the Brethren built a mission in the 1920's to serve 
the Hausa, Fulani, Margi, Higi and other tribes. 

When Doc Shank was in the Missionary Board 
office in Ashland recently, we shared with him our 
interest in this new book condensed in the March 
issue of READER'S DIGEST. Doc recalled that 
Laura Wine had desired serving in missions early 
in her life but had not gone to Nigeria until her 
retirement years at 65 years of age. She was the 
first fatality of Lassa fever and her death was 
ultimately different than countless others serving 

in foreign missions. Her death reached half way 
around the world in peculiar incidents. Doc Shank 
had been stationed at Lassa in The Brethren 
Church's cooperative effort in missions with 
Church of the Brethren. Many of the places and 
people mentioned in this book were most familiar 
to him. 

When a third mission nurse was laid low with 
undiagnosable symptoms there was cause for 
major concern. Procedures for transporting a 
stretcher case, ice packed tissue and blood speci- 
mens, then the ensuing tests by tropical disease 
specialist in the United States and the dangerous 
and exciting handling of the project makes very 
fast reading. 

We enjoyed the condensed version in READER'S 
DIGEST but we're anxious to pick up the book 
distributed by E. P. Dutton and Co., Inc. We admit 
this is especially fascinating since it deals with 
familiar places. It also recalls to mind the dangers 
working in mission fields today as well as the 
earlier years. 

AprU 20, 1974 


Dear Folks, 

It has been a long, long time since I have writ- 
ten to you, but I surely have a good many reasons 
for not having done so (can you tell I am grow- 
ing up? Now I know how to use excuses to cover 
up my carelessness). But, as I had a baby brother 
some time ago, it kept me pretty busy, because 
my mother just can't get along without me. I 
have to watch her when she feeds him, and even- 
tually finish up his bottles for him (so my mummy 
won't have to wash them), and I have to sneak 
out into his bedroom once in a while, just to make 
certain he won't oversleep. . . . 

I am sure though, that you would like to know 
how I got to have a baby brother. This is going 
to take some explanations as I had not been able 
to figure it out myself! Well, one morning I got 
up and my mummy was not around so I was 
kind of sad. I got over it pretty fast, though be- 
cause my daddy took me to "tia negra's house" 
(Tia negra literally "aunt dark," is the wife of 
one of the pastors of the church) And at her 
house was her mother "la abuela" (grandmother) 
who gives me as many cookies as I want (my 
mother has all kinds of prejudices against cookies, 
candies, etc. . . . she says they are not good for 
you . . . why, I don't know) So I really had a good 
time. The following day my daddy and my "tata 
Jo jo" (aunt Jojo) took me to the hospital and 
there was my mummy! Then my father showed 
me a few babies behind a window glass. They 
looked kind of cute, but guess what! The next 
thing I knew is that my mother brought one of 
them home! Well, to tell the truth I was kind of 
upset. I know they look kind of cute when they 
sleep but they are so ugly when they cry, and be- 
sides, my mummy just can't hold the two of us 
in her arms at the same time. I really could not 
see then, why in the world they would have wanted 

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a baby, but I figured they might have some good 
reasons. So one day I decided I was going to take 
a good look at it and guess what! He had hands, 
feet and eyes, just like you and me. ... Of course, 
that was a long time ago, now John Mark (Jean 
Marc in French and Juan Marcos in Spanish) is 
getting to be a big boy and it's nice to have him 
around (most of the time, at least), and my mum- 
my can really hold the two of us at the same 
time, and that sure is fun . . . (she does not seem 
to enjoy it too much herself, I wonder why . . .) 
Anyway my mother tried to teach me something 
she said was very important. She said "See, 
Rebecca, sometimes something happens to you 
and at the time you don't understand why in the 
world the Lord permitted it because it seems so 
wrong. But as the time goes by you begin to see 
His point. That is why you should never rebel." 
I don't know if I quite understood what she said, 
but it did sound like something important. 

Did I tell you about my "tata Jojo." I have good 
news to tell about her. When she first came, she 
was sad and unhappy most of the time. My 
mummy told me it was because she used to do 
things that you are not supposed to do. She said 
thing's-that-you-are-not-supposed-to-do sound like 
fun, but when you have done them you really get 
in trouble and it's no fun anymore. For example, 
when your mummy tells you, you ought not to 
climb on the chair and you do it anyway, it's fun, 
but finally you fall down and hurt yourself, then 
you wish you would have listened to her in the 
first place, don't you? Well, anyway she accepted 
the Lord and got baptized in the water (that sure 
seemed like a lot of fun) and now she is really 
happy and is going to tell everybody about it when 
she goes back to France. She even said she wanted 
to be a missionary; she seems to enjoy missionary 
life as much as I do. 

We have had a lot of visits from your country 
again. First, my grannie came one day before my 
baby brother did and for a long time I wondered 
if she might have had something to do with his 
arrival ... as she was around for a while. We 
went to Bariloche which is a very beautiful town 
surrounded by mountains and lakes. It surely was 
beutiful but kind of cold. In spite of the cold 
weather my parents took me and John Mark (he 
was 3 weeks old) wherever they went; we even 
got a ride on the ski lift. The people thought that 
my parents were kind of crazy but when they 
found out that my mother was French and my 
father was North American and that they got 
married in Spain and had two children born in 
Argentina, you know, they kind of thought 'what 
else can you expect from people like that.' Then 
my uncle Virgil (Virgil Ingraham) came to visit 
us. He even stayed at our house. My mummy 
told me I was supposed to behave myself as he 
was an important uncle. I tried to do my best; I 
wondered if I made a good impression in him. 
He did not stay very long because he was very 
tired. So my mother said we ought to pray for 
him so he can rest. I hope he will. But, you know 
adults are not very reasonable. They make us go 
to bed early at night, take a nap in the afternoon 
and after they say, "How come those kids run 
around all the time. They don't ever seem to be 

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th'ed." I am certain they would have as much 
energy as we do if they would sleep as much. 

My mummy and daddy carried us to so many 
places this year again that I don't know where to 
start. As I am the only one to write in the family, 
I have got a lot of work to do. As Uncle John 
(John Rowsey) says, "It's not fair to let the chil- 
dren do all the work in the family." 

Some weeks ago we went to Montevideo with 
Todd and Heidi Winter; that was a lot of fun. 
Our daddies were invited to visit a Christian 
radio station, and you know, our daddies would 
go anywhere if somebody promises them that 
they are going to see radios, antennas, amplifiers, 
etc. . . . whenever anybody pronounces words such 
as those, you should see their eyes light up. They 
must be magic words. WhUe we were there, we 
stayed at a grannie's house and she was very 
nice. My mummy said that although they were 
not Brethren, they were missionaries and belonged 
to our family, too. It is really nice to have rela- 
tives all over the world. I really like family life 
and everybody else seems to enjoy it too. Last 
week, when we went to the closing exercise of the 
Bible Institute of Eden, the students said they 
liked it so much there because they felt they were 
just one family. That was such a good idea for 
the Lord to ci'eate families; it brings you so much 
warmth, so much happiness! 

The whole missionary family of Argentina 
(Winter, Aspinall, Miranda and us) gathered for 
Thanksgiving, so we had a big Thanksgiving din- 
ner. It was good, but it sure was a lot of work 
for our mothers; in Argentina, Thanksgiving is 
in Spring and you just can't find the same kind 
of food down here. So they had to use a lot of 
substitutes. My mummy thinks it sounds so funny 
to read the North American cookbooks in Argen- 
tina because they say: use this mix, and that in- 
stant pudding, and this canned vegetable, etc. 
Where can I find Betty Crocker "miracle what- 
ever" in my mai'ket place? Of course, they have 
supermarkets but fresh food is a lot cheaper than 
canned food, and if you want to get something 
which is not in season you are just out of luck: 
but, boy, when the strawberries are in season, 
they sure taste good! 

Now our visit to the Bible Institute was our 
last trip before we take the plane to Colombia 
first and then to the United States (your place). 
So, as I know we are going to stay over there for 
a while, I would like to know if life is going to be 
as exciting as in Argentina. For example: do you 
have a "botellero" (junk collector) who walks in 
the street with a big potato bag and cries out as 
he goes by your house? They sound so funny! 
Sometimes they even have a horse pulling a cart 
and an amplifier so you can hear them better. Do 
you ride trains and busses? I like riding the train 
best because it is very interesting; there are all 
kinds of men who sell you all kinds of cheap 
things (at least they say it's real cheap) like 
records, pencils, combs, etc. and candies and ice 
cream, too. What is sad, though, are the children 
in ragged clothes who ask for money. Some sing, 
others give you pictures of saints, and others 
plainly ask. I am so lucky I don't have to do that. 
Do you go shopping every day with your mummy? 
I sure like it. First we go to the butcher's shop 
to get our meat. He is a real nice man and has 

a bird and a big dog and carries me in his arms. 
Whatever piece of meat my mother wants, he al- 
ways cuts in front of her so she can see what she 
is getting. Especially when she asks for ground 
meat, she watches him put it in the grinder just 
to make sure he does not put too many fat cuts 
in it. That is why the people here don't like to go 
to the supermarket because they can't be sure 
of what they are getting. 

Then we go to the grocery store, where we 
buy milk, eggs, cheese, rice, noodles (hum!) and 
a lot of other things. I like that store very much 
because the lady is real nice; she always gives me 
cookies (not always, but when she forgets I make 
sure to remind her. My mother dees not think it 
is a very good idea but I am sure the lady does 
not mind. You see, this is the advantage of know- 
ing French. She thinks I am so smart because I 
can say "merci," then I get whatever I want; and 
if saying "merci" is all it takes, I will say it as 
many times as she wants me to. You know, it is 
really funny the way grown ups think. They all 
think so much of my speaking French, but if your 
mummy were French what else would you speak? 
Then we go to the vegetable and fruit stand. "Don 
Luis" speaks French himself so whenever there 
are other customers in his store he always speaks 
French to me or to my mummy. I wonder why he 
does not want to speak to me in Spanish like 
everybody else; maybe he is just showing off. 
I don't mind as long as I get my "banana" by 
saying "merci" or "gracias" and I even say "thank 
you" when I want an extra one. It is really handy 
sometimes to speak several languages. Finally we 
have to go by the candy store to go home, there 
is my last and newest friend, the candy lady. She 
likes me very much and she is a fanatic of the 
"merci beaucoup" and so on. I have to repeat it 
two or three times, and then she gives me a lot of 
kisses telling me how sweet I am, and finally 
comes the reward — a piece of candy. So we go 
home and my mother always wonders how come 
I am not very hungry for lunch. 

Besides going shopping there are a lot of other 
ways to entertain yourself in Argentina — like play- 
ing in the water. Do they have nice washing 
machines in the States, you know, the kind that 
leaks all the time and no matter how many times 
your daddy fixes it it still leaks and if it does not, 
your mother forgets to turn off the spicket when 
it is full so the water runs all over the place and 
you still get to play in the water? 

But what I really enjoy most in Argentina is 
going to church and my parents sure know it, 
because on Saturday night (for the youth meeting) 
and Sunday morning it sounds like this: 

"Rebecca, do you want to go to church?" 

"O.K. then, eat your supper." 
"Rebecca, do you want to go to church?" 
"O.K. then, stay still while I am putting your 
clothes on." 

But, I don't mind as long as I get to go. The 
reason why I like to go so much is because I get 
to ride the bus and the train. Then I enjoy seeing 
all my friends and singing. I like to pray too, and 
it's fun to peep through your fingers and look 
at each other, when you sit by one of your friends. 

I am sure though that it is going to be fun to 
be in the States because of the way my mummy 

AprU 20, 1974 

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talks about it; she says that I am going to have 
a lot of candies and a lot of cookies and a lot of 
toys and that I am going to be very spoiled. And 
when she says that, she always sighs and makes 
a face. Well, the same way my father does when 
something breaks down and he says "Industria 
Argentina" (Argentine manufactured). So I guess, 
no country is perfect! But if it is going to be the 
way my mother says it is, I am sure I will like it. 
Now it's not going to be that easy for us all to 
go back to the States. My daddy has been very 
busy trying to get all the papers we are going 
to need: an Argentine passport for me and my 
baby brother, and our identification cards, an exit 
permit for my daddy, my mummy and my tata 
Jojo, identification cards for each of them and 
vaccination certificates for everybody. Of course, 
this is just to be able to leave Argentina. Now 
to get in the United States we will need for my 
baby brother and me the U.S. passports, as well 
as my father. My mummy is going to need an 
emigi-ant visa and my tata Jojo a tourist visa! 
Altogether: 7 passports, 5 I.D., 5 vaccination cer- 
tificates, 3 exit permits, and 2 visas! Doesn't that 
sound like a complicated world to you? It would 
be nicer if there was no border to cross, no finger- 
prints to take, if just everybody would trust every- 
body. My mummy says that, some day when the 
Lord comes back, that's the way it's going to be 
. . . I surely wish is could be tonight, don't you? 
— Rebecca Chantal Logan 




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(Part 3) 

Whenever a "Part 3" appears, naturally it 
means that "Part 1" and "Part 2" already appeared 
in an earlier issue. Do you recall them? 

PART 1 of this series about the Learning Center 
Approach to Christian Education listed some Basic 
Assumptions ABOUT CHILDREN. How they are 
individually unique in ability, background and 
learning style. How they are happiest when they 
are able to discover their unique gifts from God. 
How they need to respond to God individually. 
How they need adult attention and affection in 
some very special adult-child relationships. 

PART 2 (in the last issue of The Brethren 
Evang-elist) mentioned some Basic Assumptions 
ABOUT LEARNING. Such factors as the need for 
Bible learning in every community . . . we learn 
best what we do . . . everyone doesn't have to do 
the same thing at the same time in a classroom 
. . . learning that is enjoyable is the best kind. 

Now this PART 3 lists 
Basic Assumptions About Learning' Centers 

**The environment or total impression the room 

gives is tremendously- important. 
*" Children need freedom of movement and 

choice in order to learn. 
**Each Learning Center should have a variety 
of activity centers, all of which offer inter- 
esting opportunities for the child to learn. 
'■'*Each child is encouraged to set his own goals, 
based on the learning opportunities avail- 
able, and then work at his own speed. 
'"'Activities are selected and set up according to 
the basic objectives and goals of the plan- 
ning group. 
*'As long as the children don't interfere with 
others, they may choose their own sequence 
of learning activities. 
Although all three segments in this series dealt 
with aspects of Learning Center learning, this 
last listing ( above i zeros-in on some principles of 
operation for the "Center" itself — all of which are 
based on the Basic Assumptions About CHIL- 
DREN and the Basic Assumptions About LEARN- 
ING (which must come fii'st in the planning). 

We feel that these factors should be considered 
by every group of Christian Educators establish- 
ing a Learning Center — plus those additional fac- 
tors that they will discover in the process of creat- 
ing an exciting learning environment of their own. 


60-Minute Tape Recording- and Guide Sheets: 

($2.50 for rental; $4.50 for purchase). Explains the 
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along with a floor plan and many specific ex- 
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Be sure to request one Guide Sheet for each 

Learning Center Slides and Taped Narration 

(23 minutes): ($2.50 for rental). Using colored 
slide-pictures, primarily of the 1973 General Con- 
ference Children's Learning Center, the B. H. staff 
describes the activities there and discusses several 
basic Learning Center concepts — plus some prac- 
tical suggestions for getting a Learning Center 
started. Designed for Teacher Training & general 
information. Be sure to give a showing date and 
an alternate date when ordering. 

Order these resources from: 
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Come and See — Brethren House: 32 color slides 
and 20 minute cassette narration presenting an 
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Learning Center at General Conference 1972: 

a Super 8 motion picture with cassette narration 
lasting 14 minutes and taken of the Learning 
Center during General Conference in 1972. 
Order these resources free of charge from: 

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Luke 8: 5, g~"A SOWER WENT OUT TO SOW 

In Matthew 13:38 we found that we — the born 
again behevers— are the "GOOD SEED" that the 
"SON OF MAN is sowing in His "FIELD . . . THE 
WORLD." NOW, here in the Gospel of Luke, we 
find that the "seed" is the "WORD OF GOD." 
How is it to be sown? 

I'm not sure I have the last word on all the 
ways it is to be sown but I do know that I am 
responsible to seek the leading of the HOLY 
SPIRIT and to sow the seed in any way and every 
way He directs me to do so. 

Here in Colombia we are using the following 
means so far: 


Daily (if one is walking and riding public trans- 
portation instead of alone in his own car) there 
are ample opportunities of conversing with people 

who are "hungering and thirsting after righteous- 
ness." One of the experiences that comes to mind 
sounds like a repetition of Acts 8:31 where the 
Ethiopian eunich responded to Philip's question — 
EST?" with these words:— "HOW CAN I, EX- 

It happened this way. As I returned from taking 
the two youngest to school I greeted a neighbor 
standing in front of his house, to whom I had 
given tracts previously. I immediately felt led to 
not only greet him and continue my journey home 
but to stop and chat awhile with him. Among other 
things he said the following, "I read the tracts 
you gave me but couldn't get the most good out 
of them since I didn't know how to look up the 
Bible references given. Besides, it looks as if I am 
going to die ignorant since I have no one to teach 
me." You can imagine the thrill to the missionary 
to have the door of opportunity thus to oi>en so 
widely. And so it will be for ALL those willing 
and desirous to take time to speak for the Lord. 
Like this one we have had many, many such 

April 20, 1974 

Page Fifteen 


This method has long since gone out of "style" 
with most Christians in the USA. And those who 
continue to use it are looked upon as rather 
"queer" or religious "fanatics." And it is no won- 
der since practically no one reads any more. But 
not here. Fortunately, as in Argentina, the Colom- 
bians are eager to receive and read anything given 
them. So we must make certain they receive the 
best and proper literature. It is thrilling and 
amazing how many tracts a single person can 
give out in one day if he cultivates the practice of 
giving to ALL with whom he (or she) has con- 
tact: in the grocery store, bank, other business 
establishments, bus or taxi drivers, bill collectors, 
meterman, garbageman, repairman or plumber, 
the paper boy, etc., etc. 

The promise of God is:— "HE WHICH SOWETH 
FULLY" (II Cor. 9:6) 

It is a thrill when they begin to expect another 
tract and are disappointed if one has run out or 
hasn't a new one for them. But it is also sad for 
the one who makes this a part of his ample min- 
istry of "sowing the seed of the Gospel." It is 
sad when one runs out of tracts (or forgets to 
take them when he changes suit coats or purse) 
and has nothing to leave the person. To one who 
has experienced the joy of giving in this way it 
makes him feel as if he is "cheating" the other 
person if he doesn't have a written Gospel mes- 
sage to give him, and ONLY GOD KNOWS HOW 
blesses every and any effort, no matter how small 
and insignificant it might seem to man, to win the 
lost for it is revealed that He is "NOT WILLING 
3:9). This is His expressed desire. What are you 

doing to bring it about??? IF you have a better 
and more successful method for winning the lost 
then you should, by all means, use that method. 
BUT, if you don't then why not begin right now 
to use this one that God has blessed? 


One other very important method is the presen- 
tation of others to become the "SOWER" that 
goes forth. In Ephesians 4:11b, we find revealed 
that we "Pastors and teachers (or Pastor-teachers) 
have been given to the Church for the purpose of 
WORK OF THE MINISTRY." Therefore, I accept- 
ed the invitation to be a part of the teaching staff 
of the Union Seminary here in Medellin, and am 
now involved in teaching eight very promising 
young men to be "sowers" of the seed and to be 
able to inspire and train others to do and be the 
HIMSELF DONE THE "work of the ministry" 
ing the saints for the work of the ministry." And 
thus the Protestant church has returned to the 
Roman Catholic practice of the PRIESTHOOD OF 
ONE BELIEVER — The priest or pastor — IN- 
LIEVERS. By God's grace, and having had my 
eyes opened to this failure in most Protestant 
churches of this twentieth century, I shall do all 
in my power to see that the new Brethren Church 
in Columbia is begun and maintained in the 
Apostolic tradition and practice of the Priesthood 
of ALL believers. 



During the 1974 General Conference in Ashland, 
Ohio an opportunity wiU be given for a select 
group to participate in a training program of 
LAYMEN ALIVE under the direction of Rev. 
Arden Gilmer. Rev. Gilmer has been trained by 
Campus Crusade for their LIFE Institutes under 
the sponsorship of the Missionary Board of the 
Brethren Church and through the cooperation of 
the church he serves as pastor, the Pleasant View 
Brethren Church of Vandergrift, Pennsylvania. 
The LAYMEN ALIVE program is an adaptation 
of this training, for use in the Brethren Church 
and especially for our Brethren Home Mission 

However, during General Conference a limited 
number of Brethren will be allowed to participate 
in five, three hour LAYMEN ALIVE training ses- 
sions. Watch the next issues of the BRETHREN 
EVANGELIST for details of how YOU might be a 
part of this special group. 

Page Sixteen 

The Brethren Evanselist 



Mrs. Bessie Ellen Ritchie 91, Harrisonburg, Vir- 
ginia, went to be with her ]_,ord on March 10, 
1974. She was a faithful member of the Bethlehem 
Brethren Church, and a member of the Woman's 
Missionary Society. 

She is survived by six children (two children 
preceded her in death), one step-daughter, 24 
grandchildren, 43 great-grandchildren. The funeral 
was conducted by the Rev. C. Y. Gilmer. 

Her pastor. Rev. John F. Locke 


Mr. Robert Lee Cox 52, of Harrisonburg, Vir- 
ginia, was killed in a tractor-trailer accident near 
Clarion, Pennsylvania on November 27, 1973. He 
was a faithful, life-long member of the Bethlehem 
Brethren Church. Surviving are his wife, Sarah, 
daughter Carolyn Wilson, daughter Roberta Cox, 
one sister Mrs. Jane Kline. The funeral was con- 
ducted by the Rev. C. Y. Gilmer and Rev. Marlin 
L. McCann. 

His pastor. Rev. John F. Locke 


Mr. Charles Logan Wenger 38, Linville, Virginia, 
went to be with his Lord on January 26, 1974. He 
was a faithful, life-long member of the Bethlehem 
Brethren Church, Harrisonburg, Virginia. He also 
attended the Greenmount Church of the Brethren, 
Linville, Virginia. 

He is survived by his wife, Betty, daughter 
Sandra Kay, son Charles L. Wenger II, his par- 
ents, Mr. and Mrs. P. G. Logan Wenger, one broth- 
er, George L. Wenger. The funeral was conducted 
at the Greenmount Church of the Brethren, Lin- 
ville, Virginia by Rev. C. Y. Gilmer, Rev. Raymond 
Shoemaker, and Rev. Bobby Phillips. 

His pastor, Rev. John F. Locke 


May 5-10 — Hagerstown, Maryland Brethren 
Church — Dr. J. D. Hamel, Evangelist; Rev. 
John Mills, Pastor 

May 12-17 — Mathias, West Virginia — Dr. J. D. 
Hamel, Evangelist sponsored by Greater 
Mathias Area Ministerial Association 

Eric Vaughn was born March 20, to Rev. and 
Mrs. Rex McConahay. Rev. McConahay pastors 
the Linwood, Maryland Church. 


Mr. and Mrs. Everett Miller celebrated their 
56th Wedding Anniversary on March 7, 1974. 
Sarasota, Florida 

:(: * * 

Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Kershner observed their 
60th Wedding Anniversary on March 1, 1974. 
Sarasota, Florida 

April 20, 1974 

Page Seventeen 




The 1974 General Conference Membership Com- 
mittee, in an effort to expedite the receiving of 
credentials, and in an effort to have delegates 
seated as early in the business session as possible, 
has discussed and agreed upon the following 

1. Tunes for Receiving' of Credentials — Inas- 
much as many delegates arrive in Ashland either 
on Sunday evening or Monday morning or early 
afternoon, it was felt that the usual congestion 
at the registration table on Monday evening could 
be alleviated by having additional hours for the 
presenting of credentials on Monday. Therefore 
some members of the Membership Committee will 
be present to receive credentials on Monday after- 
noon from 2:00 until 4:30 o'clock. Credentials will 
also be received throughout Monday evening from 
6:00 until 9:00 P.M. 

On Tuesday credentials will be received from 
7:45 A.M. until 8:15 A.M. and also in the evening 
from 6:00 to 6:45, and from 9:00 until 9:30. From 
Wednesday through Saturday the Membership 
Committee will be prepared to receive credentials 
from 7:45 until 8:15 A.M. and from 9:00 until 
9:30 P.M. 

2. Credential Fees — In the past some delay has 
been caused by the fact that delegates have 
appeared to present their credentials before the 
check to cover the credential fees has been re- 
ceived by the Membership Committee. Since the 
Membership Committee cannot accept credentials 
without the credential fee these Brethren have had 
to delay registering until the individual with the 
check arrives on the scene. In an effort to prevent 
this situation from arising this year the Member- 
ship Committee is asking that the person respon- 
sible for making out the check for these fees do 
so several weeks prior to General Conference and 

that this check be sent to the Central Council 
office at least a week before the opening of Gen- 
eral Conference. Although each congregation 
might not know who their delegates are going 
to be at that time, they do know how many dele- 
gates their church is allowed, and the check for 
this number of delegate fees could be sent in. If 
all churches will cooperate in this it will not be 
neces.sary for any delegates to have to wait for 
the acceptance of their credentials. 

3. Several members of the Membership Com- 
mittee have agreed to do some of the "book work" 
which must be done in connection with the regis- 
tering of delegates before Conference convenes. 
This will make it possible for the committee to 
be ready to get right to the business of registering 
delegates as soon as the registration table opens 
— instead of having to locate certain books, lists, 
etc. while folks are coming to present credentials. 
We appreciate this willingness on the part of these 
Brethren to do this "homework" prior to the open- 
ing of General Conference. 

4. When the General Conference secretary 
sends out the credentials we are hoping to include 
a reminder to local church leaders concerning the 
sending in of their credential fees before the time 
of Conference. When this "reminder" reaches the 
proper church leaders we trust that they will do 
all that they can to cooperate in this new 

There may be other changes forthcoming — If 
so we hope that they will be for the improvement 
of our registration procedures. Your help will be 

Henry Bates - Chairman 

Page Eighteen 

The Brethren Evangelist 





David was once a boy like you. He played with 
his brothers. He ran through the fields. He 
cuddled the lambs in his father's flock. 

One day his father said, "David, you are old 
enough to watch the sheep for me." 

David was pleased that Father was trusting him 
with the flock. "I'll take good care of them. I'll 
find the best grass and water for them every 

"You must do more than that," said Father. "You 
will need to keep wild animals from stealing any 
of the sheep. You will need to watch carefully so 
none of the lambs wander away." 

"'I can do that," replied David. 

David took his sling to the field with him. When 
he saw a wild animal trying to sneak up on a 
sheep he would put a stone in the sling. Then he 
would swing it around and around. Suddenly he 
would let go of one end. Away sailed the stone, 
straight to the animal. Then away went the animal 
howling in pain and fright. He didn't get any of 
David's sheep for his dinner! 

David took his harp to the field with him, too. 
When the sheep were resting he sat on the grass 
with them. He played his harp and sang. Often 
he made up the songs he sang. They were songs 
about God and His loving care. You probably know 
one of David's songs. "The Lord is my shepherd. 
I shall not want." 

Not far from David's home was the palace. In 
it lived the king. He was sick and unhappy. 

"He needs someone to play the harp and sing 
to him," said the doctor. "That would cheer him." 

"I know just the one," said a servant. "David, 
the shepherd boy." 

A messenger was sent to bring David to the 

When David entered the throne room he bowed 
to the king. Then he sat down and began to play 
his harp and to sing. He sang about the fields and 
the sheep. He sang about God and His loving 

King Saul smiled for the first time in weeks. 
"I want you to stay with me," he said to David. 

So another messenger was sent to David's home. 
"King Saul is much better when David plays for 
him," the messenger told David's father. "Please 
let David stay at the palace." 

"He may stay as long as King Saul needs him," 
said David's father. 

So David stayed at the palace to play and sing 
for the king. 

Many years later he became the king. Even then 
he played his harp and sang songs of praise to 

—Based on I Samuel 16:10-23; 17:34-35 
Memory Scripture: Psalm 1:1 

April 20, 1974 

Pag^e Nineteen 


One evening Rev. Jones said, "Tomorrow Rev. 
Lowe and I will start on our preaching mission. 
We will be gone two weehcs." 

"I linow," said Jack. "I wish I could go with 

"It would be good to have you along, son," said 
Rev. Jones, "but you have school and Mom will 
need you to help with the worlc here." 

"Yes," said Mrs. Jones, "We will need to do the 
parlc meetings everyday after school and the 
Sunday services, too." 

"I will help," said Jack. "What can I do?" 

"Right now," answered Dad, "you can help load 
the car. These are the boxes of puppets, pictures, 
books and other materials I wall need." 

"All of these?" asked Jack. He picked up a box 
and followed Dad to the car. 

A half hour later they squeezed the last box 
into the trunk and closed the lid. 

"Thanks, Jack, that was a big help," said Dad. 

The next morning when Jack got up Dad was 
already gone. 

"He left about five o'clock," said Mom. 

Things went as usual for several days — school, 
meetings in the park, playing, and homework. 

Then one evening just as Mom and Jack were 
finishing supper they heard angry voices outside 
their door. 

"This is the place. This is where the evangelicos 

"Let's show them we don't want them here." 

"Break down the door." 

"What shall we do?" asked Jack in a frightened 

"I'll try to talk to them," said Mom. "You pray." 

"Please, God, help us," prayed Jack as he fol- 
lowed Mom to the door. 

"Hello," called Mom without opening the door. 
"Who is it?" 

"We're your neighbors," answered a gruff voice. 
"We don't like evangelicos." 

"You don't know us," replied Mom. "How can 
you say you don't like us?" 

"You are evil people and you don't worship 
God as you should," answered another angry voice. 
"Let's break the door down." 

Then Mom and Jack heard another voice. 

"Wait Dad! Juan! Don't do that!" 

"It's Antonio," said Jack. 

"Please don't hurt these people. They are my 
friends," said Antonio. 

"Friends! What kind of friends are evan- 
gelicos?" asked his father. 

"Good friends," replied Antonio. "Come home 
with me and I wall tell you about them. Then 
next week when Rev. Jones is home you can talk 
with him." 

"Well, aU right," said his dad. "Come, Juan, we 
will go home and hear what your young brother 
has to tell us about the evangelicos." 

As the footsteps went away from the house 
Mom and Jack hugged each other and said, "Thank 
You, God! Thank You!" 


I SEud to my friend when he went to church; 
"When you pray please pray for me too, 

Just now I have so many tasks — 

I'll go — and pray when I get through. 

I'm sure God knows what it's like here below 
And He'll answer your prayer for me I know." 

I said to my friend when he went to church; 
"Remember the sermon for the day 

That you can come home and tell me 

What the minister had to say — 

For I was out late — so late last night, 

I'm sure with the Lord this will be alright." 

I said to my friend when he went to church; 
"With you in spirit I'll be there; 

Just bring home a little of something good 

Like God's spiritual food to share. 

There are many things I must needs do first, 
I want to enjoy things on this earth." 

When the end of life came for my friend and I, 

When we arrived at Heaven's gate 

The angel said, "Friend come right in." 

But for me the angel said, "It's too late! 
Many things on earth you had to do — 
Now at Heaven's gate I can't let you through!" 

Ruth DeLozier 

Page Twenty The Brethren Evangelist 


by Phil Lersch, Chairman 
Brethren World Relief Committee 


Recovery of Southern Sudan from a 16-year civil 
war is continuing with the help of the Africa 
Committee for Rehabilitation of Southern Sudan 
(ACROSS), a united evangelical effort. 

The World Relief Commission (including the 
Brethren Church) supports ACROSS with funds 
used to help resettle refugees, provide medicines 
and hospital equipment, and sewing Project 
Dorcas which uses local material to produce relief 

Typical Sudanese man, at Cweibeit, 

where ACROSS opened its 1st dispensary. 

Children probably waiting for treatment. 

So many people came to the clinic that 

treatment had to be restricted to children. 


Valley Forge, Pa.— NAE's World Relief Com- 
mission wrill premiere their newest sound-color 
National Association of Evangelicals Convention 
in Boston, April 24. 

WRC's latest sound/color film shows the effects 
of long and widespread famine afflicting six sub- 
Sahara countries, Sudan, and Ethiopia- a drought- 
stricken belt extending from the Atlantic to the 
India Ocean. People are existing on only five 
ounces of grain per day, when they can get it. 

Scanty or no rainfall in five years, coupled with 
the Sahara Desert shifting at the rate of 35 miles 
a year, has brought severe drought resulting in 
serious famine and refugee problems to millions 
of people. 

"If sufficient action isn't taken in the next few 
months, countries could disappear from the face 
of the map. I have never been so shaken by what 
I have seen in all my life," comments Mr. Kurt 
Waldheim, Sec. General of the U.N., on his African 

April 20, 1974 

Page Twenty-one 

This new film vividly portrays the fight for life 
by a symbolic farm family and the nomadic 
Tuaregs ; and the effort the Commission is making 
through evangelical missionaries and national 
church personnel to relieve some of the dire 

Dr. Sherwood Wirt, editor of DECISION maga- 
zine published by the Billy Graham Evangelistic 
Assoc, said after viewing the film, "This is one 
of the finest visualizations of Christianity in action 
I have ever witnessed. I commend the World Relief 
Commission for this document of human need, 
so ably directed and produced and so powerful 
in its appeal." 

Dr. H. Wilbert Norton, Dean of Wheaton Grad- 
uate School thinks it is "A sobering realistic film 
that commands our involvement." 

Managing Editor of CHRISTIANITY TODAY, 
Mr. David E. Kucharsky, states: "This is a film 
which needs to be viewed by every affluent 

NAE's Executive Director, Dr. Billy Melvin 
said: "I have never seen a more compelling film." 

This documentary was made by Ford Motor 
Company professional cinematographers, Mr. 
William Baker and Mr. John Holstrom, who 
donated their skills and Christmas/New Years 
vacation. Rev. Richard Pendell of WRC head- 
quarters co-ordinated the filming, assisted by Rev. 
Peter Unruh, WRC board member and pastor of 
Minneapolis Wooddale Baptist Church (Swedish 

The Commission is stockpiling grain in cities, 
towns and villages, in anticipation of even greater 
scarcity before the hoped-for October harvest. 
Long-range plans to help break the drought cycle 
include deep-well digging, impr-oved food produc- 
tion, animal replacement and reforestation. 

WRC audio-visuals are available to church and 
community groups on a free-will offering basis by 
writing WRC, P.O. Box 44, Valley Forge, Pa. 19481. 




Fred Williams, son of Postmaster and Mrs. 
Louis F. Williams of High Street has been selected 
by two publications who honor high school 

Williams' name will appear in "Who's Who in 
National Athletics," and also, in "Who's Who 
Among American High School Students." 

The Cameron High School senior is among the 
"top ten" in his class, and during his high school 
career has participated in football, wrestling and 

Williams is vice president of his class, a mem- 
ber of the C-Club, the Junior Classical League, the 
Science Club, the school chorus. Madrigal Choir, 
president of the Thespians chapter, and president 
of the Hi-Liters 4-H Club. 

The honoree has been selected for the year to 
,be a member of the West Virginia All-State 

Williams is active in the Cameron Brethren 
Church where he is a member of the youth group. 

He recently spent three days in Charleston after 
being selected as one of the 16 Marshall County 
winners in the Government Action Program. 

Fred has been chosen as a counselor for Boys 
State at Jackson's Mill, June 16-24. 

He plans to attend West Virginia University 
where he will major in accounting and business 

Page Twenty-two 

The Bretbren Evangelisi 


Rodger H. Geaslen 



We're glad to observe that all "bugging" devices 
are not "Watergate-oriented." 

A recent newspaper showed a picture of a girl 
in Scottsdale, Arizona, placing a collar around the 
neck of a polar bear. The collar has an antenna 
which is attached beneath the bear's chin. 

The plan is that after the bear has been set 
free in the Artie region, his movements will be 
tracked by satellite through the cooperation of 
NASA. The study is being done for the Alaska 
Game Department to gain new knowledge of the 
habits of jKDlar bears in their natural environment. 

To many of us it seems fantastic that a satel- 
lite can track this bear through unknown regions 
and reveal the behavior of the animal with no 
person anywhere around! What advances science 
has made! The average person cannot explain 
the mysteries of radar, and yet we believe the 
reports. We simply say: "It is wonderful!" 

We are glad for all the knowledge man can 
acquire to detect helpful information; but the 
wonder of man's accomplishments only magnifies 
the greatness of our Creator! 

Hebrews 4:13 informs us: "Neither is there any 
creature that is not manifest in His sight: but 
all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of 
Him with whom we have to do." And in Psalm 
50:11, the Lord tells us: "I know all the fowls of 
the mountains: and the wild beast of the field 
are mine." He doesn't need bugging devices either! 

He who knows every beast and its habits, also 
knows every detail of every person! Read Psalm 
139. "O Lord, Thou hast searched me and known 
me, Thou knowest my downsitting and mine up- 

rising, Thou understandest my thought afar off. 
Thou compassest (searchest out) my path and 
my lying down, and art acquainted with all my 
ways" (Verses 1-3). 

It is marvelous that the Lord knows all about 
us: but it is even more marvelous that knowing 
all about us He still loves us ajid wants a response 
from us! The Lord gave the greatest manifesta- 
tion of His love when He allowed the Lord Jesus 
to come to earth to die for ur sins on the Cross 
of Calvary. 

We cannot boast of our goodness before Him — 
or even of our knowledge — but we can fall back 
on His mercy and render to Him love from the 
heart. As we accept the redemption provided 
through Christ, our sins are forgiven. 

Then — we may have direct contact with Him 
through prayer. That is even more wonderful and 
more satisfying than the mere fact that He knows 
all about us! 

"If Radio's slim fingers can pluck a melody 

from the night 
And toss it over continent or sea. 
If the petal white notes of a violin 
Can be blown across a mountain or city's din; 
If songs, like crimson roses, are culled from 
the thin blue air. 
Why should mortals wonder that God 

hears prayers?" 

April 20, 1974 

Page Twenty-tbree 


Someone built a nest in our evergreen tree, 

Outside our window for us to see. 
Mrs. Robin was her name. 

And through the weeks she became quite tame. 
To watch her build was quite a thrill. 

Mud she carried in her bill. 
We liked to watch her come and go, 
Placing grass and mud just so. 
She made her nest smooth and round 

To keep her eggs safe and sound. 
Then she sat through wind and storm, 

To keep the eggs both dry and warm. 
One day we saw a bill appear 

Above the nest so very near. 

Then the bill would open wdde, 

So the mother could drop a worm inside. 
The father robin carried food 

To help her feed the little brood. 
And right there through our window 

We could watch them grow and grow. 
They grew so fast that one day 

They flapped their wings and flew away. 
And now we see them on the ground 

Hop, hop, hopping all around. 
When springtime comes again next year 

We'll be looking for you here. 
Won't you come to our evergreen tree 

And build your nest for us to see? 

Florence Roby 

Pag-e Twenty-four 

The Brethren Evangelise 


>.x^- NEv/S 


In the fall of 1883, Elder J. B. Wampler organ- 
ized the Valley Brethren Church of Jones Mills, 
Pennsylvania. Within two years the modest build- 
ing shown here was erected and the Brethren 
were firmly established in the region known as 
the Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania. 

This was only the beginning of seeing a most 
gracious God opening door after door. There is 
still a long way to go, but with God's help as He 
prompts others to service and prayer the Breth- 
ren Church will be a beacon of light for many 
years to come in this area. 

For Eighty-nine years this building has served 
as the meeting place for those people who wish to 
gather each Lord's day to worship their God. 

During the last ten years the picturesque moun- 
tain sides have reflected a phenomenal growth and 
the Brethren have seen the need for larger and 
better facilities. If the Brethren Church in Jones 
Mills was to continue to serve its purpose, Sunday 
School rooms would have to be built, sanitation 
facilities were also needed along writh more ade- 
quate parking. 

Like many small Churches who cling to the 
past their problem created many other problems. 
More ground was needed and it was not available 
at the present location. This made it necessary to 
build a complete new plant at another location. 
The age old problem of finances reared its head 
and doubts began to be felt as to whether it would 
be possible to build for the future or even 

Then the Lord stepped in and Brother Ora 
Stahl and his wife Pearl gave two acres of land 
to be used for the Lord and His work; land that 
is selling for around three thousand dollars an 
acre in the area. 

Great strides have already been taken, as the 
accompanying pictures point out. The land has 
been cleared, rough grading finished, incorpora- 
tion completed, permits awarded, engineering 
complete, top soil removed from the building site 
and a large portion of materials on hand for actual 

With God's help we hope to have the building 
under roof by this fall. When completed there 
will be room for twelve Sunday School classes, 
with the main sanctuary seating two hundred 
comfortably. The completed building will be valued 
at approximately one hundred thousand dollars, 
so we solicit your prayers that the Lord will con- 
tinue to bless the Brethren of the Laurel High- 
lands as they seek to build for the future as well 
as the present. 

The Valley Brethren Church 
Jones Mills, Pa. 

Elder C. M. Hesketh, Pastor 

April 20, 1974 

Page Twenty-five 


The Trinity Brethren Church held its dedication 
service for the new $50,000 Educational Unit addi- 
tion on January 27, 1974. The new facilities pro- 
vide a cradle room; a class room for pre-schoolers 
and two additional class rooms for adults. The 
latter two rooms are furnished and decorated in 
a manner that they may also be utilized as an 
assembly room for class meetings, Bible Study 
Groups, and other social gatherings. 

Rev. Robert Keplinger, Pastor of The Brethren 
Church in Washington D.C. presented the dedica- 
tion sermon at the morning service and Rev. P. 
Keith Bennett, pastor of The First Brethren 
Church in South Bend, Indiana gave the sermon 
at the afternoon service. Both were pastors of 
the Trinity Brethren Church. Rev. Keplinger was 
serving as pastor when the church relocated to 
the present site. 

The following served on the various committees 
in charge of promoting the construction of the 
new educational unit. Building Committee: Carl 
Howenstine, Chm.; Tom Stoffer; John Clapper; 
David Garber; Donna Barnes; Robert Workinger 
and Rev. John Byler. Building Fund Treasurer, 
Edgar L. Heist. Finance Committee Chairman, 
Harland D. Clapper. Architect was Ralph Dix. 

The photograph portrays Rev. John Byler, Pas- 
tor of Trinity Brethren and the two former pas- 
tors. Rev. Keplinger and Rev. Bennett standing 
behind the cake fashioned into a replica of the 
church as it presently appears. The cake was 
baked by Mrs. Robert Workinger. Tables, lamps 
and sofas for the new rooms were provided as 
gifts from the Family Circle Sunday-School Class. 



Rev. Norman Long, pastor of the Pittsburgh 
Brethren Church was the Evangelist for a week 
of Revival Services which were held at the Brush 
Valley Brethren Church from March 10-15. The 
average attendance for the week's services was 
93. We all enjoyed the beautiful Spirit of I^ove 
that God gave us. 

We pray the Spirit of Revival will continue upon 
us as we continue to strive to bring Glory to Jesus 


A joint baptismal service, the first undertaken 
by the Center Hill Church of the Brethren and 
our own Brush Valley Brethren Church was held 
on Sunday Evening March 24. There were 15 
candidates for this service presented, 10 from 
Brush Valley and 5 from the Center Hill church. 

The bond of fellowship and solemnity of the 
occasion was expressed by the candidates and 
attending members which provided pastors Tom 
Kidder of the Brush Valley church and Clayton 
Gehman of the Church of the Brethren with the 
incentive to plan similar joint services in the 

Page Twenty-six 

The Brethren EvanipeUst 

World Religious News 

in Review 


PRINCETON, N. J. (EP)— George Gallup has 
discovered that watching TV remains the most 
popular evening pastime ol about half of Ameri- 
cans, but that the proportion has not increased 
since a 1966 survey. 

He found on the other hand that engaging in 
family activities at home is now the favorite way 
of spending an evening for twice the number of 
people since the 1966 survey. 

Reading was the highest on the 1938 list, fol- 
lowed by the movies, the theater, and dancing. 
Each of these pastimes dropped sharply in the 
next survey — 1960. TV had dominated the list for 
some 28 per cent. 

His American Institute of Public Opinion lists 
1974 percentages of response to the question, 
"What is your favorite way of spending an 

Watchmg television (46%); Reading (14%); 
Dining out (12%); Family activities at home 
(10%); Movies/theater (9%); Resting/relaxation 
(8%); Visiting friends (8%); Entertaining friends 
(8%); Playing cards/games (8%); Participating 
in sports (5%); Listening to radio/records (5%); 
Dancing (4%); Sewing (3%); Working in home 
workshop (3%); Club or church meetings (3%); 
Other responses (9%). 

The college-educated group was found more 
likely to cite favorite evening pastimes as enter- 
taining friends, dining out, and attending movies 
or the theater. 


(OSLO, April 4, 1974) Billy Graham is to speak 
at an international Christian youth event in Eur- 
ope in the summer of 1975. The announcement was 
made this week by Dr. Ingulf Diesen, President 
of Norway's Mission Covenant Church. The evan- 
gelist accepted an invitation issued by a group of 
clergy and laymen from sixteen countries, meet- 
ing in Paris. The meeting followed a series of con- 
sultations among church and youth leaders in 
many European countries. 

Spanish evangelist, Juan Gili from Barcelona 
proposed a motion at the Paris meeting, seconded 
by Herbert Muller, Manager of the New Life 
Mission in Altenkirchen, Germany. The motion, 
which was passed unanimously, reads: "In re- 
sponse to the spontaneous encouragement of 
Christians across Europe, we invite Dr. Billy 

Graham, with the assistance of his organization, 
to co-operate in the planning of a Christian youth 
event in Europe in July 1975, and to be one of its 
featured speakers, at a venue yet to be decided." 

Dr. Diesen, who was asked by the Paris gath- 
ering to head a nominating committee, explained 
that further consultations will precede the choice 
of an executive committee. While the help of the 
Billy Graham Evangelistic Association has been 
requested, it will be Ln co-operation with other 
interested groups. 

Dr. Diesen said, "It was evident at our meeting 
that there is a groundsweU of interest in this whole 
concept. Such interest usually grows as prepara- 
tions proceed but this time there is a high level 
of enthusiasm already. BUly Graham is remark- 
ably popular with young people. Even though he 
is fifty-five, he was most enthusiastically accepted 
at the youth centred SPRE-E '73 in England last 
summer. Statistics for his Crusades show that a 
greater percentage of young people are attending 
than ever before." 

The main objectives of the event, according to 
Dr. Diesen, will be Bible teaching and training 
for Christian life and witness, as well as an evan- 
gelistic outreach. It was the hopie of the Paris 
meeting that the gathering will be a spiritual 
catalyst for young people to become fuUy involved 
in the continuing evangelization of Europe. 

Replying to the group's invitation, Mr. Graham 
stated: "I believe there are two major reasons for 
the interest in this idea. First, I sense a great feel- 
ing of insecurity and uncertainty among the 
peoples of the world, including those in Europe. 
Secondly, responsible Christian leadership is recog- 
nizing this and realizing that present oppwrtun- 
ities for such an event may be short-lived. A few 
years ago we may not have seen unanimous agree- 
ment from such a representative group of Euro- 
peans but today there is a new urgency which 
supercedes the reticence and inhibitions of yester- 
day. I'm encouraged by their determination and 
vision, and I'm ready to pledge my complete and 
utmost co-operation." 

Participants in the decision to plan the event 
included churchmen from: Belgium, Denmark, 
England, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ire- 
land, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, 
Sweden, Switzerland and Yugoslavia. 
Further information from: 

Dr. Ingulf Diesen 
c/o Box 240 
1000 Lausanne 17 
(021) 21.39.39. 

AprU 20, 1974 

Page Twenty-seven 


GKENDALE, Calif. (EP) — Should Christians re- 
frain from smuggling Bibles into Communist 
countries because the state law forbids the action? 

Yes, says a March 1 editorial in Christianity 
Today, or be a hypocrite. No, replies Underground 
Evangelism, because believers should obey God 
rather than man. 

George F. Santa, speaking for Underground 
Evangelism, cited a history of clandestine Chris- 
tian efforts that brought the faith through the 
Catacombs of Rome and the Bible to Britain hidden 
in merchandise illegally and eventually to 

"It is perhaps reasonable to assume that we 
would not be Believers today had not our fore- 
fathers in faith also obeyed God rather than man," 
the UE statement declared. 

Mr. Santa cited radio broadcasts into Commun- 
ist countries as being equally illegal but noted an 
absence of criticism of that evangelistic medium. 

He quoted Dr. Boris Dotsenko, Soviet nuclear 
scientist who defected to Canada in 1966 and who 
was interviewed by Christianity Today after his 
conversion to Christ in 1967. Dr. Dotsenko, in re- 
ply to a question about smuggling Bibles into 
Communist countries, declared, "Do everything 
that your conscience, your courage and your trust 
in God allows you to do. Shall we submit ourselves 
to this godless force, or shall we follow the com- 
mandment of our Lord, 'Feed my sheep'?" 


CHICAGO (EP)— The Exorcist, the movie 
about demon possession, "violates" the Protestant 
view of evU, Christian Century said here. 

"From the Protestant perspective, evil is a 
mystery that haunts our human condition; it is 
not an entity that occupies space," said an edi- 
torial in the Jan. 20 issue of the ecumenical week- 
ly that has a Protestant heritage. 

The Rev. James Wall, a United Methodist clergy- 
man who edits the Century, believes "The 
Exorcist" exposes "an important difference in 
Protestant and Catholic approaches to good and 

In the controversial film, the Catholic ritual 
of exorcism is used in attempts to cure a 12-year- 
old girl's bizarre behavior. 

Mr. Wall writes that while "The Exorcist" is a 
"distortion" of Catholic thought it is in essential 
agreement wdth a Catholic premise that evil can 
be "spatially located." 

This, he says, is "unacceptable" to Protestants 
who hold that good and evil are "relational 

"The Catholic who thinks of good and evil in 
spatial terms may feel that 'The Exorcist' is ex- 
cessive, but he cannot avoid the fact that his 
philosophical presuppositions do permit the loca- 
tion of the devil in person's," according to the 
Century's editorial. 


SCOTTSDALE , Ariz. (EP)— Before addressing 
a "voluntary assembly" at the Saguaro High 
School here, evangelist Freddie Gage was told by 
a school official that he must not mention the 
name of "Jesus" during his talk. 

The talk was basically about the evils of drugs. 

Mr. Gage noted that since he had been invited 
to the campus he agreed with the request and 
urged the students to "live for CJod and to serve 

Officials at the school indicated that the reason 
for the ban on a mention of "Jesus" was "a con- 
cession to the (United States) Supreme Court's 
decision of separation of church and state." 

The school official said there are a number of 
students at the high school, including Jews, who 
do not accept the teachings of Jesus Christ. The 
school can't "promote the concept of Jesus" dur- 
ing school assemblies, he said. 

Dr. Norman D. White, assistant superintendent 
of the Scottsdale School District noted that relig- 
ious speakers at school assemblies are requested 
to give non-sectarian messages. 

Dr. White seiid that the name of "Jesus" is not 
forbidden during assemblies providing Jesus is 
named as a historical figure or that Jesus has 
"inspired" the assembly speaker. 


DALLAS (EP)— The term "Christian America" 
has a hollow ring to the ears of Don Mabry. 

"Those who believe in and practice the Christian 
faith in America today are in the minority. The 
term 'Christian America' simply isn't true any- 
more," Mabry said. 

Mabry is director of the department of survey 
and special studies for the Southern Baptist Con- 
vention's Home Mission Board, operating out of 
Atlanta, Ga. 

America is largely peopled with those "whose 
lifestyle simply has no room for spiritual things. 
They are busy making money or doing the things 
they think are bringing them happiness. But they 
are among the most frustrated of people," he 

"Man, some areas of our country are literally 
exporting young people to the metropolitan areas. 
These young people are migrating to the estab- 
lished urban areas in tremendous numbers," he 

Mabry cited statistics which show 75 per cent 
of the people in America today live in metropol- 
itan areas. By the year 2000, he sadd, that figure 
will leap to 95 per cent. 

"People dream of the rural, pastoral lifestyle 
of the country, but at the same time want all of 
the amenities of the city," he said. As a conse- 
quence, he noted that a peculiarity of the rush to 
the city is that many city churches — inner city, 
near downtown, neighborhood and suburban — are 
in crisis. Many are closing their doors, he said. 

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The Brethren Evangelist 


WHEATON, 111. (EP)— "Twenty-five years ago 
God renewed the Macedonian call through a man 
named Bob," Evangelist BiUy Graham told some 
1,500 guests at the 25th anniversai-y banquet of 
the Greater Europe Mission in Chicago. Dr. 
Graham added: "God is moving in Europe today." 

The occasion honored Dr. Robert P. Evans, 
founder and European director of the mission. 

In a news conference before the banquet, the 
questioning turned to Watergate. Evangelist 
Graham noted that there is "a crisis in leadership" 
in all branches of government and claimed that 
the need of the hour is integrity. 

He said the first great cover-up of history 
occurred in the Garden of Eden when Adam and 
Eve attempted to cover their sin. The second great 
cover-up was on Calvary when Jesus Christ cov- 
ered the sin of the world. 

Greater Europe Mission operates seven Bible 
institutes and has ministries in 10 Western Eur- 
opean countries. 


LONDON (EP) — In a newly-disclosed letter that 
is primarily nationalistic and religious in tone, 
Alexander Solzhenitsyn, the exiled Russian writer, 
urged Soviet leaders to reject Marxist-Communism 
as "alien," dismantle the USSR, and work to de- 
velop Russia as a separate nation. 

He advocated an authoritarian, non-democratic 
form of government, but one that would be based 
on the leaders' "genuine concern and love" for 
the Russian people. 

Specifically, Mr. Solzhenitsyn called for aban- 
donment of Marxism, that "dark, un-Russian 
whirlwind that descended on us from the West," 
adding that the Communist economic and political 
system has become a "millstone" around the neck 
of Russians. 

Ironically, he recalled that Soviet dictator 
Joseph Stalin provided a precedent for disregard- 
ing that Communist ideology when during World 
War II he appealed to the patriotic and "even 
reUglous" feelings of the Russian people to ward 
off the Nazi aggressor. 

In urging rejection of Communism, he also ad- 
vocated rejection of Western democracy, which 
he said "is experiencing great decline." Instead, 
he suggested the continuation of an "authoritar- 
ian" form of government, but one based on "the 
love of man." 

"Russia is authoritarian," he declared. "Let it 
remain so, and let us no longer try to change 
that. But the authoritarian system must be based 
on genuine concern and love on the part of the 
rulers . . . for all their people and all their neigh- 
boring peoples, too." 

Scorning atheism, which he points to as the 
moving force behind Marxism, Mr. Solzhenitsyn 
also asserted that Western democracy is spirit- 
ually weak as well as politically corrupt. 


NEW YORK (EP) — Esquire magazine devoted 
its entire March issue to what it calls America's 
"vanishing species" — children — and asks the pro- 
vocative question, "Do Americans suddenly hate 

The issue begins with a list of statistics ("the 
21 facts of life" ) taken from a variety of govern- 
ment and other sources, which purportedly "point 
to the conclusion that the American kid is being 
phased out." 

Included in the list are such items as declining 
fertility rate, declining birth rate, increasing num- 
bers of single men and women, increasing divor- 
ces, rising calls for contraceptive aid. Increases in 
reports of child abuse and neglect, increases in 
voluntary sterilization (from 200,000 five years 
ago to 1.1 million in 1972). 

Esquire says there is an "upsurge of young 
people choosing to forego the patter of little feet 
around the house. . . ." 

Writer Garry Wills felt an underlying sense of 
pessimism and insecurity, and over-all feeling of 
helplessness beneath the sometimes carefree 
"front" of today's young couples. 

"What it comes down to is this" he wrote, "our 
culture is, especially in its younger married sec- 
tor, afraid of and for its children." 


CHICAGO (EP) — It's no news that many pro- 
fessional athletes have "Image problems." But 
this situation has a special aspect lor Christian 
athletes, and many of them are trying to change 

More than 100 pro football and baseball players 
at the Fourth Annual Pro-Athletes Conference 
here, sponsored by the Sports World Chaplaincy 
and Athletes In Action, a division of Campus 
Crusade for Christ, discussed the problem and 
planned strategies for overcoming it. 

Tom Jackson, Athletes in Action's director of 
media relations, said that when speaking before 
groups most Christian athletes just give their 
testimony and sit down. "People think, 'the dumb 
jock.' This is something we want to get away 

To develop leadership capabilities among the 
Christian athletes, this year's conference was 
dominated almost entirely by the pros taking 
part, with no "big name" speakers and no sessions 
run by the staff of the Chaplaincy and Athletes 
in Action. 

"As soon as the highly motivated professional 
athlete discovers the reality of Jesus Christ, he 
realizes what he has been missing and wants to 
learn more about his new-found faith," Dr. Ira 
Eshleman, founder and president of SjKirts World 
Chaplaincy, told the approximately 100 profes- 
sional athletes and many of their wives attending 
the 4th annual workshops at Hiatt House here. 
Eshleman turned over the reins of the Sports 
World Chaplaincy, which he organized seven 
years ago, to a steering committe of players head- 
ed by Norm Evans, offensive right tackle of the 
Miami Dolphins. 

Api-U 20, 1974 

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Part 5 answers "How can we untwist our lives?" 
Special attention is given to anger, one of the 
commonest, most misunderstood, and potentially 
destructive emotions. Learning to iiandle anger 
provides a model for handling other emotional 
problems as well. 

The book concludes with a specific seven-step 
plan for emotional health. These are not abstract 
theories or hard-to-understand principles but a 
definite, practical regimen the reader can begin 
to implement immediately. 

The book which is on sale at Christian book- 
stores as well as at some secular outlets such as 
OSCO Drugs, is being praised not only for per- 
sonal reading but as a source for small group 
study. Victor has produced a leader's guide, which 
gives suggestions for adapting the book for study 

Victor Books Kelease Chosen in Top 25 

"One of the 25 choice books of 1973" is how the 
prestigious journal Christianity Today describes 
The Kink and I: a Psychiatrist's Guide to Un- 
twisted Living:, published by Victor Books of 

Coauthored by local pastor-editor Stanley C. 
Baldwin and Atlanta psychiatrist James D. 
Mallory, Jr., The Kink and I has already gone into 
its third printing, in less than eight months after 
its introduction, with a total of 68,000 copies now 
in print, or on order. 

One of the strengths of the book is its easy-to- 
understand style. Christianity Today says, "Heav- 
ily sprinkled with personal, amusing anecdotes, 
the book engagingly and warmly communicates 
profound thinking about the nature of man, his 
needs, and how to meet those needs." It is strongly 
biblically based. 

The Kink and I may seem funny. It's about a 
doctor who finds Cheerios stuck to the seat of his 
chair. It's about a little boy who can't find his 
socks, and a woman who can't find her husband 
(though he's somewhere behind his newspaper or 
out in the garage). It's about a ding-a-ling wife, a 
berserk computer, and Southern folk songs. But 
the book is much more than a spoof of human 
foibles. It offers insights that can make the differ- 
ence between kinked, neurotic living and a health- 
ly, growing personality. 

Part 1 deals with "What are we doing to each 
other?" Typical blocks to communication and de- 
structive attitudes are described in graphic detail. 

Part 2 deals with "Who are we?" The true na- 
ture of man is clearly revealed. Man's many be- 
havior and relational problems are understandable 
once we perceive man's real nature. This section 
also includes a provocative chapter entitled, "A 
Psychiatrist Looks at Christianity." 

Part 3 deals with "What are our needs?" A per- 
son's basic emotional needs for love, purpose, and 
a sense of worth must be met in a constructive 
way or he may become neurotic. 

Part 4 focuses on "How are our needs met?" 
The home comes in for special attention here, as 
do the needs for openness and honesty in personal 
relationships and the importance of listening to 
one another. 




Asteroids and Astronauts is the title of the in- 
formation-packed new quarterly devotional guide 
published by the David C. Cook Foundation in 
Elgin, Illinois. "Probing Outer Space" is the sub- 
title of this book designed to intrigue children 
aged nine to 13 and encourage them to keep a 
daily quiet time. 

With the publishing of this book, 11th in the 
series of 12 devotional guides on interest-catching 
topics, a new open subscription and sales program 
begins. Formerly the 176-page, heavily illustrated 
quiet time guides have been issued only to mem- 
bers of local I AH (I Am His) Clubs. Now anyone 
can purchase books in the series of nondenomina- 
tional devotional guides. 

The relevant quality of the devotionals that fill 
these pages have been acclaimed by Sunday School 
teachers, parents, group leaders, pastors, and 
directors of Christian Education. In addition, any- 
one collecting erudite building blocks in the sub- 
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source books. 

Titles of the books to date are: CLIMB, CLIMB 
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dated by month and day, but not by year. 

For orders write the David C. Cook Publishing 
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Talent knows what to do, tact knows how to 
do it. 

The mark of the immature man is that he wants 
to die nobly for a cause, while the mark of a 
mature man is that he wants to live humbly for 
one. — Wilhehn Stekel 

They have a right to censure that have a heart 
to help. — William Penn 

Opportunity looks so much like work to some 
people that they never recognize it. 

The trouble with some folks who don't have 
much to say is that you have to listen so long to 
find that out. 

When you try to sell yourself, be sure the mer- 
chandise is not misrepresented. Hay fever has a 
parUmentary characteristic. Sometimes the eyes 
have it and sometimes the nose. 

The world hates change, yet it is the only thing 
that has brought progress. — Charles F. Kettering 

Make the most out of life before you discover 
that most of it is gone. 

A husband who insists on always being as busy 
as a bee might suddenly discover some day that 
his honey is gone. 


by Rev. Mike Hurd 

First Brethren Church 
Roanoke, Indiana 

To the world famous Roanoke streaker I say this: 
Don't streak by me son, or you might find a 
foot to trip on; with the present concerns of the 
world's condition, inflation, taxes and other sundry 
things attacking my sanity. I certainly don't need 
you. Already, my family comes under a daily 
bombardment of brutality, inhumanity, drugs and 
various assorted and distorted views of sexuality. 
Every day my children are being taught to mis- 
use, distort and destroy the God given beauty with 
which all men are created. 

No, don't streak by me; I want my kids to grow 
up to respect their bodies as God's wonderous 
gift; not to flaunt or prostitute them for a few 

misguided laughs. Again, I say, no! Their bodies 
are worth more than that — they are the treasure 
of God's marvelous universe, and as such are to 
be valued. What price can you pay for a sunset, 
the flight of a bird or the laugh of a baby? 


They tried to buy Jesus for thirty pieces of 
silver but got an empty tomb. Don't streak by me 
— it's illegal and immoral — I have a God given 
duty to protect my children from all harm; and 
I, for one, intend to do it. 

(Written for newspaper in response to a local 

AprU 20, 1974 

Page Thirty-one 

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FIFTY YEARS AGO: The first church edifice 
owned by the Brethren Church on the comer of 
East Tuscarawas and Schwalm streets in Canton, 
Ohio and pastored by Rev. Fred Vanator develoi)ed 
a serious case of growing pains; plans were made 
to build a new church buUding with adequate 
facilities, especially for the fast growing Sunday 
School department. 

man reported from the Nappanee, Indiana Church 
that a record was broken for Sunday School 
attendance during his ministry there with 528 
being the new record. 

TEN YEARS AGO: Word had been received by 
the Missionary Board that the Curtis family 
arrived safely in Costa Rica to begin their study 
of the Spanish language in preparation for service 
on the Mission field in South America. 

May 4, 1974 

Page Three 

By the Way 




Or do the same situations exist under different 
conditions to be recognized merely by the use of 
various pseudonyms? 

Perhaps we should limit the thoughts in this 
editorial to the subject of progress. Has it stood 
stUl? Is it still proceeding at the same rate it did 
in 1900? Or is it advancing too fast? 

We certainly agree that it has not stood still. 
We hope it hasn't advanced as the old timer who 
sat over in the comer of a room with a scrap of 
paper and a stub of a pencil and after a while 
smilingly said, "What do you known. I learned to 
write!" Maw got up and looked over his shoulder 
and said, "What do it say?" "I don't rightly know," 
said the oldtimer, "I haven't learned to read yet." 

On the other hand, we also hope it hasn't ad- 
vanced to the point where instead of thinking 
about history repeating itself we may find it re- 
versing itself. At the start of this century, the 
average man lived within walking distance or at 
least a short ride on the streetcar or his buggy 
from his place of employment. There was no auto- 
mobile parked in the garage to take him 5, 10, 50 
or even 100 miles to work or perhaps to the drug- 
store around the comer. Transit systems were 
prospering. (History may have to repeat itself in 
this area of progress by the close of this century). 

The numerical figures may certainly have in- 
creased but the percentages may be similar in 
that seven-tenths of the total working population 
in 1900 were directly involved in the production 
of food, clothing, shelter and other essentials for 
the maintainence of society. 

The remaining three-tenths were either in 
clerical and financiad positions or in the business 
of supplying some types of service of one sort 
or another. Modem technology may have altered 
these figures somewhat but our basic needs sind 
means to provide them are still the same. 

Of course, with progress there needs to be 
change, even such as the question once asked, 
"How's everything coming on the farm?" The 
answer came back, "Fine, The billboard is painted, 
the hot dog stand is buUt and the filling station is 
ready to pump gas." (The longevity of the gas 
station may be questioned now.) 

Changes have been made in all branches of our 
society, in all of its modes. Some of them we may 
not be able to keep up with. This usually happens 
when society cannot accept changes due to pro- 
gress. It is also the reason why problems for the 
future are said to be unseen until the crest is 
reached and in the valley is seen nothing but in- 
surmountable trouble. (There are those who would 
like to succeed in calling wastefulness, shortages 
in energy sources, possible famine, destruction 
of property and lives by various means some- 
thing that has a better sound than trouble.) They 
are like the feUow who was in trouble again and 
facing the judge. The judge asked if he was guilty 
or not guilty. The answer came, "Guilty, I think, 
but judge, you better have the trial anyway to 
make sure." 

We call it an ever-changing world but with its 
sophisticated technology and the so-called progress 
that is supposed to be the result of our continual 
research and development has it changed? 

A few of our readers may have some idea what 
the economic and social conditions were in 1900. 
Whether they have changed much if at all, this 
writer would not know. But he does remember 
Pastor William Anderson in his Moderator's 
Address of the 1964 General Conference stating 
that "over half of the world is poverty-strickened, 
disease ridden, illiterate, and plagued with corrupt 
governmental systems." This statement was made 
about ten years ago. Is history standing stUl? If 
not, what have we been doing or not been doing 
that these conditions are still with us? Are we 
setting up commissions, committees, agencies to 
look into these matters that are so involved in 
getting the mechanics organized in the programs 
that by the time they are ready to be implemented 
the remedy for the problem is obsolete and the 
whole program has to be restructured for the 
new problem that has reared its ugly head. 

Perhaps C. F. Kettering wasn't kidding when 
he made the statement, "If you want to kill any 
idea in the world today, get a committee working 
on it." It might be well for us to keep in mind 
the words of Kettering as we ponder the words 
of Cumberland, "This world has cares enough to 
plague us; but he who meditates on other's woes 
shall, in that meditation, lose his own." (G.S.) 

Page Four 



The Brethren Evangrelisl 


Concerned as the Nigerian brethren are 
over staggering problems, the one recurrent 
sign of hope is the unfailing vitality of the 
Christian movement. The people-potential 
is great. 

Here you are, stuck out in this remote village, 
with the promise of five dollars a month support. 
Last month you got sixty-three cents. This month 
it looks like there will be nothing at all. Yet you 
struggle on. Weren't you sent out here by the 
local church? Isn't it after all the Lord's work 
and, pay or no pay, you must keep on? Isn't this 
what they told you at Kulp Bible School, that you 
must largely support yourself with ox and plow? 
So that now if you don't get a penny, so what? 
Yes, but why did your church leader in town send 
you out to this unlikely village in the first place? 
Could it be that you, with three years of training, 
would be too much of a threat to him there? 


You are only one of literally hundreds of villagf 
workers serving where the pastures are parchec 
and dry and the going is rough. The level o: 
stewardship is so low that only a few places car 
support their leaders, and even then at a rate fai 
below that of other wage earners. Yet the Lord'; 
work goes on. Somehow the people-potential is s( 
great, wath hundreds still pressing for help, that 
money or no money, the work manages to mov< 
along. And so does time: years swallowdng ui 
months, as the Nigerian church of Lardin Gaba! 
comes of age. 

Missionary churchmen are becoming fewer anc 
fewer. The agony of a changing season is upoi 
the church. As Nigerians more and more tak< 
complete leadership and sponsorship there ar( 
misgivings. Many indigenous church workers fine 
it all very threatening. Others see in it a rea 
challenge and rejoice that Nigerians have beet 
and are being trained for the responsibilitiei 

In this great savanna land it is only after th( 
old grass dries and is burnt off at the end of th< 
rains that the new grass begins to sprout an( 
cattle find grazing even months before the nev 
rains begin. Lardin Gabas finds itself in tha 
period between the rains, a time of burning grass 
Yet already the spears of hardy vegetation ar< 
pushing through and just inches beneath th( 
surface are the myriads of roots insuring growtl 
for many seasons to come. 

The problem of stewardship is a serious one 
Most Nigerian churchmen list it at the top o: 
their present concerns. It not only means little 
or no financial assistance for the many dedicatee 
workers but a serious lack of equipment and sup 
plies of all sorts to carry on the work. Somehow 
Western-style stewardship education and methods 
of fund raising have not taken told here. It coulc 
be a case of "too little too late." Or j)erhaps i1 
means the imposition of something alien to basic 
Nigerian culture. No doubt also stewardship has 
never seemed so crucial as it does now as over 
seas assistance is reduced. No one can predict whal 
this portends for the future, except that in alJ 
likelihood for some time to come a great deal ol 
leadership must be on a tent-making basis. 

Seventy years ago the area Lardin Gabas was 
torn by tribal warfare, raiding parties, and feuds 
among the clans. The colonial government put an 

May 4, 1974 

Page Five 

end to most of the outward forms of oppression 
and hostility. Then, after the coming of the mis- 
sion the many years of exposure to the gospel of 
Christ has helped soften the ragged edges of inter- 
tribal conflict. 

Yet old rivalries and distrust die slowly. Even 
now "tribalism" stands high on the list of serious 
weaknesses as our Nigerian brethren speak out. 
On the local church scene it often manifests itself 
in cliques of families, clans, or tribes, pushing each 
other for church office and preferment. In the 
district it means rivalry for representation by sec- 
tions and tribes. The struggle to locate a central 
church headquarters for the district is sympto- 
matic of a general situation. Yet, distressing as 
this is at times, it is encouraging to note the ex- 
pressions of real faith on the part of the church- 
men that this problem, like many others, will be 
taken care of as time goes on. 

One of the culturally most deeply rooted agonies 
is in regard to the Nigerian system of marriage. 
Traditionally in West Africa, plural marriages 
were not only sanctioned but constituted a way 
of life, with a complete value structure based 
upon them. The lowest men on the ladder of social 
acceptability were the bachelors. Next to them 
and only slightly higher were the husbands of one 
wife, a man's influence in the village being in 
direct ration to the number of wdves and living 
children he has. The coming of the mission posed 
a direct challenge to this whole system and there 
have been hurts on both sides. 

On the one hand there are many who have faith- 
fully adopted the teaching of the church and, 
though sometimes discriminated against by their 
fellow tribesmen, both pagan and Muslim, have 
managed to weather the storms and have gained 
positions of honor and respvect both inside and 
outside the church. They deplore as a sure sign 
of the deterioration of the church the fact that 
many of their fellows have slipped back into plural 
marriages and are deeply hurt at this unfaith- 

On the other hand countless adults have been 
turned away from the church door by the hard 
alternatives the church has handed them. Either 
they put away all wives but the first one, an im- 
possible demand for all Nigerians and for more 
sensitive Christian consciences, or wait until all 
the wives die off but one and then become bap- 
tized members. Halfway measures such as build- 
ing separate huts for the extra wives, or that of 
"special register" by which they become second- 
class members, without baptism or the right of 
communion, have not proved too satisfactory. 

In fact many sensitive leaders, particularly 
among the younger men who have some training 
in Nigerian culture, are not only repudiating these 
partial measures but are advocating the baptism 
of older polygamists, keeping the monogamist 
line intact for younger men. Some, however, 
openly or inwardly, regard monogamy itself as 
an importation from the West and not so explicitly 
Christian as the missionaries have always 
preached. Many young leaders shrink from evan- 
gelistic work among pagans because of the 
dilemma it puts them in of inviting all to come, 
"New Life for All" as the evangelistic slogan has 
it, and then having to deny baptism to that section 
of the "all": involved in polygamy. 

So deeply rooted is this total problem in the 
thinking of our churchmen that the issue erupts 
like a volcano from within most any discussion 
and, when it does, it obscures all other subjects 
with its heat and smoke. Yet, critical though the 
problem is fraught with the most explosive possi- 
bilities, the hopeful feature is the fact that all 
West Africans are struggling with this same ques- 
tion and surely out of the consecration of mind 
and will of millions of such sincere Christians, 
led by the Holy Spirit, some way through the im- 
passe will be found. 

MeanwhUe the church continues to grow. A 
steady stream of people continues to come through 
the inquirers' classes into preparation for bap- 
tism and then on to full membership in the bur- 
geoning church. Each year sees the organization 
of one or more new congregations. Troubled and 
concerned as our Nigerian brethren are over the 
staggering problems that face them in these days, 
the one recurrent sign of hope is the unfailing 
vitality of the Chi'istian movement. The people- 
potential is great. New tribes or tribal areas keep 
opening up to the gospel, new villages are being 
reached, and there are daily evidences of God's 
work of grace in many individual lives. Across all 
Lardin Gabas there is a conviction that the church 
here has a real future in spite of the problems. 
Whatever the changing seasons, the work will 
go forward. 

Undergirding this faith is a genuine personal 
commitment and high degree of Christian piety 
on the part of many Lardin Gabas church leaders, 
laymen, and ministers alike. One of the newer 
pastors tells of an experience as he struggled in 
his first parish. His was a town church in which 
each section seemed engaged in sharp rivalry 
with every other section. He worked and worked 
to bring about reconciliation and unity, but to no 
avail. Three years went by and still there was 
little evidence of improved relations. One day he 
went off into the hills by himself to meditate and 
pray. Uppermost in his mind was this divided 
church situation. 

As he tried to pray a bee kept buzzing around 
his head and face in a most annoying fashion. 
His first impulse was to stop right there and dis- 
pose of that bee! Then another thought came to 
counter this one. If you let a mere bee distract 
you from prayer, what will be the next little thing 
that will turn you away from your central pur- 
pose? So he calmed down and tended to his pray- 
ing. When he relaxed, the bee relaxed and soon 
flew away. He prayed on, determined that noth- 
ing should now divert him from his central con- 
cern, the reconciliation of the church. He returned 
to the town. In a surprisingly short time the dis- 
cordant factions began to relax as well and to 
work together. Within a month he had a har- 
monious church and thus it continued from that 
time on. 

Agony is getting all uptight about the work 
God has given us. Ecstacy is putting God first 
and discovering that his work goes forward be- 
yond our wildest dreams. 

Reprinted from the MESSENGER 
February, 1973 edition 
By permission of Church of 
the Brethren 

Page Six 

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By Kenneth L. Solomon 

Senor Gomez, an elderly retired gentleman, 
stood in his doorway in the residential suburb of 
"middle-class" homes, looking sad and lonely when 
missionary Ken Solomon walked by after having 
taken Joel and Margaret to school. The following 
conversation took place on that morning of the 
13th of February at around 9:00 A.M. 

"Muy buenos dias, Senor Gomez. How are you 
this morning?" inquired the missionary, who in- 
tended to continue on his way home after receiv- 
ing the friendly response expected. But, some- 
thing in the appearance or the response, (or was 
it the direct leading of the Holy Spirit ? ) caused 
Ken to change his mind and to take time to talk 
to this seemingly sad and lonely individual. 

The elderly gentleman spoke up: "As far as 
health is concerned, I'm fine. But, I'm bothered 
by many doubts and I don't have anyone with 
whom to consult and who will educate me so that 
I don't die ignorant. For instance, those tracts 
you left me the other day, I read them but I 
couldn't look up the Scripture passages mentioned 
so as to get more out of the reading of them." 

Missionary - "Do you have a Bible, sir?" 

Elderly gentleman • "No, I really do not own 

Missionary - "Well, it just so happens that I 
have a very colorful illustrated New Testament 
with me that I could sell you at cost price. See 
how lovely it is and you will not only find it in- 
teresting to read but will be educated by the many 
pictures of the places where Jesus and the apostles 
lived, walked, and taught. Besides that, you will 
find here the solution of many of your problems 
and doubts. There really isn't any reason for any- 
one to die ignorant of these great truths of God." 

Gentleman's respvonse - "But I live here with 
my family and have no income of my own and I 
wouldn't want to add to their expenses." 

Missionary - "Don't you worry about that. In 
cases such as this, where we find people who 
sincerely would appreciate and value the Holy 
Bible but who cannot afford it, we give it to them 
free of charge. Really, the main reason we charge 
anything at all is that most people consider 'free' 
things of little value in this day and age, and we 
never want them to think of the Holy Bible in 
that way." 

Senor Gomez - "Muchas gracias! Senor, but I 
still don't have anyone to help me understand it. 
And, besides, I'm so confused. They say the Pope 
is the head of the Roman Catholic church, but 
what is he for the Protestant and the adventist 

Missionary - "The Pope is the one who says 
that all catholics may now read the Holy Bible, 
and should read it. For that reason I am here in 
this suburb of around 10,000 people to make cer- 
tain that each famUy has a Bible and to offer 
home Bible studies to help them understand it. I 
don't consider myself an expert but I have studied 
over 10 years to prepare myself to help in this 
area. I have also had around 25 years of experi- 
ence, so if I can be of help please feel free to call 
upon me at any time. I live just two blocks from 
here. As to what relationship the Pope has to 
the churches other than Roman Catholic I can 
explain to you that he has no authority." 

Senor Gomez - "Another thing that bothers me 
is, that if there is a God, why does He save some 
and condemn others?" 

Missionary - "Don Luis, God is a God of love 
and desires that all men be saved. Hell wasn't 
made for man but for the Devil and his angels. 
Please hand me your New Testament and I will 
show you where in Romans 8:1 God says that 
there is no condemnation for those that are in 
Christ Jesus. If all men would only accept by faith 
the Salvation God offers to all free of charge, no 
one would go to Hell and be under condemnation. 
God's judgment of condemnation is only ujKDn 
sin and those who refuse to separate themselves 
from their sin by receiving Jesus as their only 
Saviour as St. John says in John 1:12." 

Don Luis - "But that's my problem. I don't 
have faith. It's really very difficult to work up 
enough faith to believe." 

Missionary - "That's right, it is. But the faith 
we need to believe the good news that Jesus died 
for us and saves us is also a free gift from God. 
All we have to do is reach out and accept what 
God offers us. We can never work up enough faith 
to believe. Just as a chUd has to reach out his 

May 4, 1974 

Page Seven 

hands and receive the gift his father offers him 
on his birthday or at Christmas time, so you and 
I have only to accept what God in His great love 
desires to give us even though we don't deserve 

Senor Gomez - "I certainly need someone to 
teach me so that I won't die ignorant. Do you 
have regular Bible studies and where?" 

Missionary - "Not yet but we are going to be- 
gin some as soon as someone in this suburb oi>ens 
their home to us so we can begin them. But, you 
don't have to wait for that. Just come up to my 
house anytime, even right now if you can, and 
we will continue this interesting study." 

Senor Gomez - "No, I can't come now and must 
go but I will go to see you so that you can teach 
me. But you must be very busy." 

Missionary - "Never too busy to help someone 
know more about the Word of God. Please do 
come anytime. That's what we are here for." 


'J^Pl A Hi'"' Miiiien Miniitiij in Si- Pilettbatg, fleiiia 



Whenever I am free to spend time with little 
ones, I feel a little closer to heaven. Part of this 
Sunday morning at Brethren House I was able to 
be with Tammy (age 2) and Donna (age 3). 

First, after hearing a Bible story, we went to 
the prayer garden where both girls touched many 
leaves and flowers. I let them each pick a blossom 
and we brought them inside to put on the table 
for worship. During worship the offering basket 
was moved in front of Tammy's flower and she 
said, "I can't see my flower." So we rearranged 
the table. 

Then we went to the front of Brethren House 
where there were lots of stones. I instructed the 
girls to bring me a big stone, then a Little stone, 

and then an in-between stone. We lined them up 
on a low wall beside the garage. That was the 
beginning of a project. They began running to and 
from the rocks and the wall, bringing first one 
stone, then handfuls of them, stopping to pick up 
any they dropped. They ran back and forth until 
they had the wall heaped with stones. This was 
their "work." And they loved doing it. As Tammy 
leaned down to pick up the stones, she would 
say, "By the tree." Then later, "By the door." 

Even though they ran to and from rock and 
wall, they enjoyed stopping to pet the cats period- 
ically. So much learning occurs during these ex- 
periences. What did they learn? 

weight of rocks 

size of rocks 

shapes of rocks 

quantity of rocks needed to fill a space 

the joy of completing a project 

the feel of cats 

the meaning of phrases like "by the tree," 
"by the door" 

the joy of sharing experiences with others — 
"The kitty is soft." 
Little ones need many experiences with their 
senses and with language in order to grow. Be- 
fore they can understand Biblical concepts they 
need many happy experiences like our Rock pro- 
ject this morning. As teachers, we need to be 
patient so that they can grow. 

They need freedom to move and explore. They 
need kindness, gentleness, and encouragement 
when they observe and experiment. They need 
to talk, be understood, exchange words with 
others. These are the building blocks for their 

Later in the morning when the whole group 
gathered for children's worship, Donna and 
Tammy were able to sit for a little and observe. 
They could see the others sitting quietly. 

They could hear the songs being sung. 
They could see the story acted out. 

They caught the spirit of reverence 
and learned to whisper their comments at that 
time. Because they had the freedom of movement 
and exploration earlier, they could sit quietly for 
a Uttle. 

Little children truly are HIS JEWELS— so 
trusting, so eager, so beautiful. True, they need 
polishing in order to be finished, but we must 
handle these precious jewels with the greatest 
of care. 

— Jean 


In the March 23 issue of THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST one church was 
inadvertently missed in the listing of Brethren Churches and their contributions to 
missions. We list herewdth that church: 

World Missions $792 

Roanoke, Indiana 

Home Missions $124 

Page Eight 

The Brethren Evangelist 


Mother's Day could pose a real problem for 
Margaret (Mrs. Kenneth) Taylor of Wheaton, 111. 
She might have to decide which of 10 corsages to 
wear to church. 

But that would only happen if all three of her 
sons, and all seven of her daughters, remember 
her in the same way today. 

However, as people will, each will probably look 
back on his childhood and remember her different- 
ly. Some will recall the cozy mornings in the 
kitchen when they climbed up on chairs to watch 
her knead bread, mix cookies, or bake brownies 
which they devoured, warm from the oven. 

Others will remember that she always darned 
socks at Parent-Teacher Association meetings. Still 
others will recollect that, when deserved, she 
administered spankings on the spot. 

They will all remember that there was some 
hardship, but lots of laughter, in a big family 
where the home revolved around the father, who 
in turn, revolved around his commitment to God. 

The father, Ken Taylor, is the literary giant who 
deleted the "thees" and "thous" from the scrip- 
tures and paraphrased the Bible into today's 
vernacular. The Living Bible with already legend- 
ary acceptance has found its way into the homes 
and study habits of millions of i)eople. 

"He started The Living Bible because of the 
children," Margaret Taylor explained. "He began 
to paraphrase the Bible after we had family de- 
votions and he learned that the children didn't 
understand what he had read to them. He did 
part of the paraphrasing on the train, commuting 
from Wheaton to Chicago where he was a director 
at Moody Press. During the last 7 of the 14 years 
it took to paraphrase the Bible he was at home 
all day. My job was to see that he had a peaceful 
place to work — with a large family that was not 
always an easy task." 

When the work was completed but no publish- 
ers were interested, Mrs. Taylor went the second 
mile. She wilUngly agreed to use the family's en- 
tire, but very meager, life savings to speculate 
with printing costs. 

Dr. Taylor was called out of the country just 
as the galley proofs came off the press. His wife 
was the one who did all the proofreading. Now, 
in a job that, like Topsy, just grew, she is a vice 
president of Tyndale House Publishers, the 
world's largest non-denominational religious pub- 
lishing house. 

"My job started because I had always kept the 
household accounts," she recalled. "Ken gave me 
the Tyndcde House checkbook and asked me to 
keep up with it also. I very carefully described 
each check's purpose on the stub and that was 
what we took to the accountant at the end of the 

"Then we grew from four employes to ten and 
I took over the payroU too. Reconciling the bank 
statements got, shall we say, interesting. I have 
help now but there was a time when I didn't dare 
miss a day of work because things would really 
pile up." 

Since September, 1971, when The Living Bible 
was published in one complete volume, it has 
made literary history. Sales are approaching the 
12 million mark — 12,000 re-orders a day pour in 
from book sellers and Publisher's Weekly cited it 
as the 1972 non-fiction best seUer. There is every 
indication The Living Bible will continue to lead 
the list when the 1973 totals are tallied. 

Not everyone knows that Dr. Taylor accepts no 
royalties from the phenomenal sales of The Living 
Bible. He channels them, instead, into "Living 
Bibles International," a foundation that devotes 
its energies to making paraphrases of the Bible 
in languages other than EngUsh. 

The fact that he's given away several million 
dollars does not disturb his wife. 

"Ken's income is derived from his salary as 
president of Tyndale House and we are happy 
with it," she said. "He feels that the Bible is God's 
word to men. We need to live by God's word and 
how can we live by it without a copy of it? Ken 
wants to make it available to people everywhere, 
in their own language, and I'm in complete sym- 
pathy with what he's doing. 

May 4, 1974 

Page Nine 

"We still live simply. Until we built this house 
six years ago I had never bought a new piece of 
furniture. We do not buy new cars, even yet. And 
we still don't own a television set." 

She explained. "In the early days, piano lessons 
were more important. I read the television re- 
views and keep up with what's going on but we're 
not interested in having a set. I'm convinced that 
TV is a cause of a major communications break- 
down between people in a family. 

"We had no trouble entertadning ourselves. With 
10 children in the house you never lacked some- 
thing to do. Ours turned out to be avid readers 
and some of our married children still don't have 

Even though nine of their ten children are away 
from home, married or in college, Mrs. Taylor does 
not worry about facing the "I'm not needed any- 
more" syndrome encountered by so many women 
in her situation. 

"I'm fortunate in my work. I get caught up in 
the excitement of The Living- Bible and what's 
going on at Tyndale House. I still don't think of 
myself as anything other than one of the 

The Taylors met in Freshman algebra class at 
Beaverton High School in Portland, Ore. They 
were friends through high school, regularly attend- 
ing the same Saturday night Bible study group 
before beginning to date during their senior year. 

"I was in love with Ken from the time I was 
17, but we didn't marry until two years after I 
graduated from Oregon State University at 

There were 10 children in 14 years and, while 
Dr. Taylor had a good position at Moody Press, 
money was often scarce. 

"There were reasons," said Mrs. Taylor. "We 
elected to live in the suburbs where it was more 
expensive. There were commuting costs and 10 
pairs of feet can wear out shoes quickly. There 
were dental bills and insurance policies. I learned 
26 different ways to save money on just about 
everything. I sometimes put off, as long as pos- 
sible, telling Ken another baby was expected be- 
cause I knew he then had to start worrying about 
college for them." 

She smiled. "When I had a baby in my arms, 
another by the hand, and was pregnant with still 
another, I could not understand why older women 
would come up to me and say, 'These are the 
happiest years of your Life.' Later I realized what 
they meant. The children are with you, you are 
doing things together, and as they grow older, 
of course, that changes." 

Although as the mother of 10 children she 
could be considered an expert, Mrs. Taylor does 
not offer advice on child rearing. "I would never 
speak to a group on how to be a good mother. 
Perhaps, on a person-to-person basis, I might have 
some comments but I do not consider myself an 

"I have found that in rearing children one's 
Christian example is more important than the 
dos and don'ts you might lay down. A child must 
learn by seeing you do, rather than by being told. 

"By the same token, I've never given my chil- 
dren advice on a successful marriage. Our mar- 

riage, in its 33rd year, has been a good one, but 
what works for one couple may not work for 
another. I do think it is important to have similar 
backgrounds and Christian faith is a requisite, 
right at the top of the list." 

Many marriages flounder in a financial morass, 
and while Mrs. Taylor was on speaking terms 
with money problems they didn't rock the Taylor 

"A little more money a few years ago might 
have made some difference but probably not in 
the essential things that matter," she said thought- 
fully. 'Eternal values are more important than 
material things. 

"I don't think the hard places in life are pun- 
ishment from the Lord they're schooling. I know 
He abundantly provides for our needs and I don't 
equate our upper middle-class way of life with 
being a Christian. It's only God's grace that we 
are who we are. We could have been born in some 
other country, but because we have privileges, 
it's all the more our responsibility to use them 
for God." 

Being a wife and mother are priorities in her 
life and Mrs. Taylor estimates she's about 180 
degrees away from the Woman's Lib philosophy. 

"I guess I could be considered old-fashioned but, 
really, it's Biblical. If we say we are going to live 
by the guidelines the Bible sets down, then the 
wife must follow the husband. 

"However," in a firm voice, "that does not mean 
the husband should be dictatorial. I never felt 
that in being a good wife I was taking a secondary 
role. There are many areas where I make the 

"They include meal planning, shopping, and 
when we built this house I decorated it to our 
tastes, without professional help. We incorporated 
things we already had to a floor plan we pur- 
chased for a dollar from a national magazine. 
When the architect prepared the plan for the con- 
tractors, I made a few changes. We have been 
very happy how it turned out. 

"For many years. Ken worked in Chicago leav- 
ing the house in the morning before the children 
got up. He didn't return until 6 that evening. 
Discipline was my responsibility. 

"I wasn't opposed to spanking and there were 
never any "Wait until your father gets home" 
threats. I can't abide threatening children. And I 
never bribed them into good behavior with food. 
That's against my principles." 

Prayer has always been a part of her life — in 
the busy child rearing years and in the exciting 
present. "My 'holy ground' is wherever I am. I 
pray in the car on my way to and from the office, 
over the kitchen sink, at stop lights. And my most 
frequent prayer is usually 'Lord, help me keep 
my mouth shut!' " 

Mrs. Taylor wouldn't change any part of her 
life. "If there was anything I could do differently 
I'd still want to be a better wife, even after all 
these years. And I'd still want to be a better 
mother. But extensive travel? A second home? 
A mink coat? That's not my thing." 

Her "thing" is her husband, her children, her 
grandchildren, and backing that husband in mak- 
ing Tlie Living Bible available to more people, in 
their own language. 

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The Bretbren Evangelist 


You have an opportunity to participate in a 
LAYjVIAN alive training program during the 
1974 General Conference if you act now! LAY- 
MEN All Laymen Involved in Vigorous Evangel- 
ism is a program to equip laymen to more effec- 
tively share their faith and is under the direction 
of Rev. Arden Gilmer who has been specially 
trained for this ministry by Campus Crusade for 
their LIFE institutes and is sponsored by the 
Missionary Board of the Brethren Church. Rev. 
Gilmer serves the Pleasant View Brethren Church 
of Vandergrift, Pennsylvania where the LAYMEN 
ALIVE program is already making an impact. 

YOU can attend General Conference and at the 
same time participate each afternoon in this train- 
ing for only five dollars but, participation is limit- 
ed to the first sixty to enroll — so — ACT NOW by 
completing the following application! 

jHI i) in the hearts 
of (IIORE men and luomei 

Mr., Mrs., Miss 

Street or R.F.D. 




Home Church 

Age: 15-25 


over 40 

Enclosed is my check for $5.00 (made out to LAYMEN ALIVE) to cover regis- 
tration and all materials for the Laymen Alive training at General Conference. 
August 13-17, 1974. I commit myself to participate in the entire traing from 1:30 
to 4:30 P.M. on each of these five days as the Lord enables so that I might be better 
equipped to serve Him. 


This form and your check or money order should be mailed before July 26, 1974 
to the Missionary Board of the Brethren Church, 530 College Avenue, Ashland, Ohio 


May 4, 1974 

Pa^^e Eleven 


I like to be my Mommy's little girl. 

She makes my pretty dresses and keeps 

my hair in curl. 
My Mommy's very pretty and I love her, 

yes I do. 

Now I know a secret, my Daddy loves 

her, too. 
Sometimes Mommy and Daddy and me 
Go on a picnic just we three. 

Daddy swings me away up high 

Till I almost reach the sky. 
Then down the sliding board — whee 

That's the part that frightens me. 

But I don't need to worry at all 
For Mommy never lets me fall. 

We feed the squirrels in the park 

And don't get home till almost dark. 

When I fall down and skin my knee 

Mommy picks me up and kisses me. 

And then she says, "Don't cry so dear. 
Now let us wipe off every tear." 

And Mommy knows just what to do 
To make my knee as good as new. 

And often when I'm sick in bed 

Her hands are cool upon my head. 

Then just so that I can rest 

She rubs some Vicks upon my chest. 
Her hands are as soft as soft can be, 

So I like to have her care for me. 

It's lots of fun when we go down 

To do some shopping in the town. 

We might buy for Mommy a pretty skirt 
And for my Daddy a brand new shirt. 

On our way home we always stop 

For ice-cream or soda pop. 
We have lots of fun on baking day. 

Mommy never says, "Now run and play." 

But she gives to me a little dough. 

And I love to roll it out just so, 
To make a little pie for me 

To serve that afternoon at tea. 

And at night when prayers are said 

Mommy tucks me in my bed. 
She kisses me and says, "Sleep tight 

May God watch over you tonight." 

Now you know — Oh! Yes sir-ee 

Why my Mommy's little girl I like to be. 

Florence Roby 


Give me patience when litlle hands 
Tug at me wdth ceaseless small demands. 
Give me gentle words and smiling eyes. 
And keep my lips from hasty, sharp replies. 
Let me not in weariness, confusion or noise 
Obscure my vision from life's fleeting joys 
That when in years to come my house is still 
Beautiful memories its rooms may fill. 

Author unknown 

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The Brethren Evangelisf 


WHEATON, 111. (NAEi— More than a thousand 
Christian leaders from across the nation explored 
some of the church's major concerns in contem- 
porary society during the 32nd Annual Convention 
of the National Association of Evangelicals in 
Boston April 23-25. 

Marking the first time that NAE's annual con- 
vention has been held in New England, delegates 
met in devotional, workshop and business sessions 
at the Staller-Hilton Hotel. NAE represents some 
30,000 churches from 60 denominations, independ- 
ent bodies and numerous evangelical organizations. 

The 1974 theme document, "Workers Together 
with God," was presented at the opening evening 
meeting Tuesday by Dr. Robert A. Cook, presi- 
dent of The King's College, Briarcliff Manor, N.Y., 
and chairman of the NAE Resolutions Committee. 
Speaking at that service was U.S. Congressman 
John Anderson, Republican, 16th District, State 
of Illinois, on the subject, "The Just God Judges 
the Nation." 

Dr. Myron F, Boyd, bishop. Free Methodist 
Church, delivered the Presidential Address, "Evan- 
gelicans Are on the Map," at the Wednesday morn- 
ing general session. The evening speaker that day 
was Dr. Warren Webster, director, Conservative 
Baptist Foreign Missions Society, Wheaton, 111. 

The Rev. John Huffman, minister of the First 
Presbyterian Church of Pittsburgh, Penn., led the 
Bible Hour each afternoon. 

Nine commission luncheons also featured special 
speakers on subjects of current concern. Dr. 
Harold J. Ockenga, president of Gordon College 
and Gordon-Conwell Seminary, Wenham, Mass., 

addressed the noon luncheon of the Americar 
Association of Evangelical Students Wednesday 
on the topic, "Issues: A Christian Approach.' 
Thursday, at the Evangelism and Home Missions 
Association luncheon, the Rev. Manuel Chavier 
minister of the Portuguese Church of the Nazarene 
in Fairhaven, Mass., depicted "The Church in the 
City Reaching the City." 

Forty-two workshops and seminars were to ex 
plore a wide variety of subjects, such as "Porno 
graphy: Where Are We?" — a plan for community 
action described by Mr. Floyd Robertson at ar 
Evangelical Social Action Commission session and 
"A Cjhristian Woman's Liberation," discussed bj 
Mrs. Elisabeth Elliot Leitch at an NAE Women's 
Fellowship session. 

Special recognition was given to the "Layman 
of the Year" Wednesday evening. This award is 
given to a layman who has "maintained an un 
qualified Christian witness and rendered out 
standing service to his church, community and 

The NAE convention concluded with a Tribute 
Banquet in honor of Dr. Clyde W. Taylor, general 
director of NAE, who will retire at the end oi 
the year after 30 years of service. Dr. Stephen 
Olford, minister-at-large. Encounter Ministries, 
Inc., New York, delivered the evening address, 
"Redeeming the Time." 

The National Association of Evangelicals com- 
prises a network of four national affiliates, eight 
commissions, and an Office of Public Affairs in 
Washington, D.C. The national headquarters of 
the three and one-half million member organiza- 
tion is in Wheaton, 111. 

May 4, 1974 

Page Thirteen 



Already the year 1974 has been one of discovery 
for many of us who are involved in Brethren 
Youth ministries. Discovery is important. Youth 
and leaders alike need to share in the teaching/ 
learning process as both progress toward Chris- 
tian maturity. 

The pages that follow present a pictorial re- 
view of some of the events sponsored by The 
Board of Christian Education which were designed 
to involve Christians — both youth and adult — 
in actively learning how to serve more effectively. 
Some events are "fun" others are work but all 
are tied together by the desire to improve our 
youth ministry. 

Throughout the year, in our camps, confer- 
ences, rallies, retreats, seminars, and special 
programs, we are challenged to guide young 
people into the stimulating experience of spiritual 
discovery. It should be understood by all that 
growth comes in many ways and in varying 

When we talk about "youth work" it is easy 
to overlook the church school. Indeed many are 
discounting the Sunday morning teaching pro- 
gram as being ineffectual. We do not agree. The 
teachers of young people must be sensitive to 
the needs and characteristics of youth and strive 
to direct the Christian message accordingly. Far 
from being a sterile, boring exercise, the Sunday 
church school class should be an exciting and 
invigorating experience. And it can be. A key to 
making church school a success is using the cur- 
riculum correctly. 

All of our Gospel Light curriculum recognizes 
the need for student involvement in the teach- 

ing/learning process. Thus, every teacher's man- 
ual contains more ideas and suggested resources 
than can be used on any given Sunday morning. 
That's good. 

Teachers who want to improve and who really 
care about their students have a tremendous op- 
portunity for training through International Cen- 
ter for Learning ( ICL i Seminars. This is a tre- 
mendous experience. Growing churches emphasize 
growing church schools and ICL can help every 
Brethren church grow! 

So, while we would not reduce our emphasis 
on BYC groups, we do strongly suggest that if 
the youth department of the church school is 
strengthened by the appropriate training of per- 
sonnel, we will see a marked change in our youth 
ministry. It is our view that the church school 
is the base upon which other youth programs are 

During the youth years, our curriculum em- 
phasizes: (1) Knowing God, the Father, feeling 
reverence for Him and a desire to trust His plan 
for one's life, and responding to Him in worship 
and loving obedience. (2) Knowing Jesus Christ, 
God's Son as Savior and Lord, feeling gratitude 
for His redemptive work of grace, and responding 
by continuing His unfinished work. (3) Knowing 
the Holy Spirit who convicts, teaches, guides, em- 
powers, and fills believers, feeling dependence 
upon the Holy Spirit for wisdom and strength to 
obey, responding by walking in the Spirit trust- 
ing Him to du'ect one's life. 

Certainly these are lofty and ambitious aims 
but they can be achieved . . . with hard work. 
Today is the day to begin moving toward this 
kind of discovery in the youth department. 

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This seminar for persons concerned about ministering to families 

ivas led by Fred Burkey, DCE. Reaching family units 

is an important key to church grotvth. 

Ken ]'(tii Dill/ lie, Program Coordinator for Camp Bethany led a 

session on resources for youth leaders. The tools are 

available; the tvo7-kers are learning hoiv to use them. 

May 4, 1974 

Page Fifteen 

Music has been called the "medium of youth." Christian music 

can open doo7's for people of all ages to hear the Word. Sherry 

Barnhart Van Dmjne directed this music workshop. 

Ruth Deardurff presented many ideas for the innovative use of 
available materials and equipment in church schools. 

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A po/tdhic Biethrev Bookstore ivas taken to edch Christian 

Education /youth Seminar to make the best in resources 

readily available to teachers and youth workers. 

The Board of Christian Education makes audio- 
visual resources available to all Brethren churches 
to supplement the teacher/leaders' efforts. Over 
800 filmstrips and cassettes are contained in our 
rental library. Only recently the Audio-Visual 
Guide has been reprinted because of the growing 
demand for this information. 

In addition our growing collection of Christian 
music has been organized, cataloged and made 
available to choir directors and church musicians. 
Listings of our holdings have been sent to pastors 
and ministers of education. 

New resources are regularly listed in both BCE 
News and Morning- Star. The Morning Star is our 
National BYC newspaper which is sent to every 
registered member of National BYC and to all 
known advisors. 

May 4, 1974 

Page Seventeen 


'Big Red" made her debut at the 1973 National BYC Convention 

— and attracted nationwide attention through UPI. Here a 

number of people are trying to avoid being trampled 

as the ball is moved toward the goal line. 

NO these people haven't "gone bananas!" It's another game played 

at Lake Silverstone during last Convention. Recreation is 

a good and ivholesome part of each Convention. 

Pag^e Eigphteen 

The Brethren Evang'elist 

A)iotIie)- veir ircreatioiial actlvitij (ilso came along in I'.ITS. It's 

called am Isotonic Pull rope. Four groups pulling in four 

directions. Lots of -ivork; not much pi'ogress. Man in the middle 

is National BYC Moderator, Ken Van Duyne. 


You can have a share in the National BYC ministry by giving generously to 
the May Youth Offering. There is real life in The Brethren Church. New leaders 
for a newf generation are emerging. Your offerings may make the difference be- 
tween a future laden with promise or barren of opportunity. 

Give through your church if possible. Special gifts may be sent to: 

Board of Christian Education 
524 College Avenue 
Ashland, Ohio 44805 

May 4, 1974 Page Nineteen 


Since 1970, nearly eighty young people have 
served as Summer Crusaders. They have come 
from large and small churches; east and west; 
north and south but all shared the desire to serve 
the Brethren Church. This year is no exception. 
We are happy to announce that twenty-five youth 
have been selected for regular Crusader service 
and six will serve as church or institutional in- 
terns. The Crusaders and interns for 1974 are 
listed below along with their age (in parenthesis) 
and home church. 


Beverly Blough — Smithville (Leader) (20) 
Beth Gilmer — West Alexandria (18) 
Joan Holsinger — Ashland (201 
Bonalee Radcliff— Dutch town (17) 


Pam North — New Lebanon (Leader) (18) 
Gene McConahay— Smith viUe (20) 
Jim Miller — Johnstown (18) 
Robin Rentzel— Tucson (17) 
Donna Shank — Gretna (17) 


Bruce Ronk — Ashlemd (Leader) (21) 

Robert Grumbling — Johnstown (18) 

Steve Barber — Chandon (19) 

Ben Solomon — Derby (17) 

Tracy WUt— Washington (Leader) (19) 

Mark Baker — N. Manchester (18) 

Jeff Lentz — Nappanee(17) 

Kerry Scott — Warsaw (18) 

Martha Dearduff— Gretna (18) 

Susan Michael — Gratis (18) 

Joan McKinney — Tucson (19) 

Debra Michael— Gratis (18) 

Nancy Ronk — Ashland (17) 

Sharon Stoffer— Canton (18) 

Linda Metzger — Vinco (18) 

Darlene Swenk — Vandergrift/ Ashland (16) 

Joyce Cole— Vinco (22) 
Mary Joan Weaver — Teegarden (20) 


J. Paul Deardurff— Gretna (22) 
Kenneth D. Hunn — Mishawaka (19) 
G. Wayne GrumbUng — Waterloo (18) 
Joan R. Hamel — Saurasota (22) 

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On March 30, 1974 Miss Carol Ann Boggs, and 
Mr. Cyril Herthoge were united in marriage in 
the Ardmore Brethren Church with Rev. Brian 
Moore officiating. Mrs. Herthoge is the daughter 
of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Boggs. She is an active 
member of the church and has been active in 
B.Y.C. and Sisterhood. 


Mrs. Mary K. Eppley 90, of 104 Auditoriur 
Blvd., Winona Lake, Indiana, passed away Apr 
9, 1974 at her home. She was the widow of Bretl" 
ren minister Rev. H. E. Eppley. She was a men 
ber of the Dutchtown Brethren Church. Survivor 
are one daughter, Mrs. Leonard Mauzy, one granc 
son, and three step-grandchildren. Funeral service 
were conducted in the Titus Funeral Home, Wai 
saw, by Rev. Claude Stogsdill with burial in OaP 
wood Cemetery. 


Mr. and Mrs. Sherman Johns celebrated their 
50th Wedding Anniversary on April 13, 1974. 
Brush Valley Brethren Church 


Falls City, Nebraska — 2 by baptism 
Ardmore Church, S. Bend, Indiana — 

15 by baptism 
Sarasota, Florida — 8 by baptism 


Donald Waymire 51, left this earthly domai 
March 14, 1974 to be with the Lord. The memoria 
service was held March 14 in the Brethren Chure 
of West Alexandria, Ohio where he had serve 
his congregation as a faithful trustee and membei 
Survivors include wife, Sarah, four sons; Donal 
Jr., Richard, Tom and Tim, one daughter: Conni 
and two brothers. Interment was in the Suga 
Grove Cemetery, West Alexandria, Orio. 

May 4, 1974 

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Wendy Sue Crytzer, age 6, went to be with her 
Jesus on Sunday, February 17, 1974. Many of the 
readers of the Brethren Evangelist are familiar 
with the account of Wendy's miraculous healing 
from an initial brain tumor. This story was told 
by Rev. John T. Young in an article in the June 2, 
1973 issue of The Brethren Evangelist. Through 
this miracle God had taught us that He can do 
anything, and that He is able to heal. We cannot 
doubt His abUity to heal. But God also taught us 
that Wendy was a special child, and very precious 
not only to us, but also to Him. Another brain 
tumor developed and this time God healed by 
ushering Wendy into His presence where there 
is no more sickness or disease or death. 

During the year from the time of her first sur- 
gery until her homecoming, Wendy was a vital, 
forthright, and loving witness for her Jesus. She 
was never hesitant about asking people, "Do you 
know Jesus?" She never hesitated to tell people 
about her love for Jesus. She eagerly communi- 
cated with Jesus through prayer, and I am con- 
vinced that Wendy saw Jesus while she was still 
in this life. To her Jesus was a living person. 
Wendy would say, "Do you know why I am so 
happy? Because Jesus is ALIVE!" 

We praise God for Wendy's life and testimony, 
and the witness of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. 
Wayne Crytzer. As a direct result of God's work- 
ing in Wendy's life, and as a result of her witness 
and the witness of her family, we know of at 
least six people who have accepted Christ as their 
personal Savior. There is no greater memorial 
for Wendy's life than these redeemed human 

Wendy's memorial services were held at the 
Pleasant View Brethren Church, Vandergrift, 
Pennsylvania on February 20, 1974. The service 
was conducted by Pastor Arden E. Gilmer and 
Rev. Norman Long, pastor of the First Brethren 
Church of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. During the 
service Rev. Long read the following poem — a 
poem given to him by the Holy Spirit as he rode 
in the car to the service. We share it with you as 
a meaningful statement of what Wendy's life 
meant to us all. We know that Wendy is very 
much ALIVE today with her Jesus who is ALIVE. 

— Article submitted by 
Arden E. Gilmer, pastor 
Pleasant View Brethren Church 
Vandergrift, Pennsylvania 


"Let the children come, forbid them not,' 

Our Savior Lord has said. 
He lifts them up, and tenderly 

He puts His hand upon their head. 
They are not ours; they cannot stay. 

For just a time they're given. 
They come from God, and back to Him 

They go to Home in Heaven. 
We praise dear God for His great Love 

That gave His only Son. 
The Lord is good, we bless His name 

For sharing each "little one!" 
One was special to us all. 

Wendy was her name. 
"Littlest Preacher" she was called. 

From His own hand she came. 
She shared with all the Savior's love. 

They saw Him in her smile. 
She witnessed and she sang of Him 

Though weary all the while. 
She knew that He would come again. 

Her trust was so complete. 
We now believe that she's with Him, 

Sitting at His feet. 
Little ones to Him belong; 
They are weak, but He is strong. 
"Praise the Lord!" would Wendy say. 
Don't be sad this winter day. 
"I'm here with Jesus, just by His hand. 
You too can with me one day stand. 
Just look at Him who gave His love, 
That we might all be joined above!" 

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The Bretbren Evang^elist 

by Mrs. Sherry (Barnhart) Van Duyne 


You now have a married lady as your Sister- 
hood General Secretary. Ken Van Duyne and I 
were married on March 9, 1974. We are very happy 
and excited about our new life together. 

This month we have some business items to 
talie care of so please let me have your attention 
for a few minutes. 

First, Cathy Harding and I have been receiving 
letters and checks and money for both district 
and national dues. Let me try to help you in case 
you haven't sent yours in yet. The DISTRICT'S 
dues are 100 per member. These were to be sent 
to your DISTRICT treasurer by January 31, 1974. 
Southeast District — ?? (I don't know) 
Pennsylvania District — Debbie Hill, R.D. 1, Box 

12, Scenery Hill, PA 15360 
Ohio — District — There is no district organization 

as of June, 1973 
Indiana District — Sharon Zerbe, R.R. 1, Peru, IN 

Central District—?? 
Midwest District— Hazel Britton, R.R. 1, Box 732, 

Mulvane, KS 67110 
Southeast District—?? 
N. California District-?? 

NATIONAL dues are $1.00 for Junior members 
and $1.50 for Senior girls. These were to be sent 
to Miss Cathy Harding, R.R. 2, Box 240B, Ashland, 
Ohio 44805 by January 31, 1974. 

If you have not sent your district or national 
dues please send them immediately. Thank you. 
Second, I would like to again remind you that 
the National Sisterhood offers one scholarship 
to a girl entering Ashland College in the fall of 
1974. To apply for this scholarship just fill in and 
send this blank to me by May 31, 1974. 


Brethren Church: 

Pastor's Name and ADDRESS: 

High School Counselor's Name and ADDRESS: 

Send to: Mrs. Sherry Van Duyne, 36 Samaritan 
Ave., Ashland, Ohio 44805 

Send by May 31, 1974! 

Third, (and last in case you are interested) we 
have sent copies of our new Constitution to all 
the societies that I know about. We sent these to 
the Patroness in most cases. If you did not receive 
one, please write to me and I will be glad to send 
you one. We are sorry that they took so long to 
be finished but I am sure that they will prove 
to be very worthwhile. Look through them! Use 
it as a program for your next meeting so that 
each girl really knows what her organization 
means. Also you will notice that this booklet is 
more than just the Constitution. It contains many 
hints and helps which some of you have been 
asking about. There are also more copies available 
at a minimal cost each (I'm not sure yet how 

Well, Happy Springtime to each of you, I hope. 

— Sherry 

May 4, 1974 

Page Twenty-three 


Where were you when the crowd cleared? This 
was a question many were asking following the 
conference held over the weekend of March 29-31, 
1974 on the Ashland College campus. The confer- 
ence was sponsored by the Fellowship of Christian 
Athletes. "Building The Whole Man—The Total 
Athlete" was the theme for this event which host- 
ed athletes, coaches and spectators from all over 
the state of Ohio. 

The highlight of the conference occurred Friday 
evening when Christian musicians Phil Keaggy 
and Peter York set the mood with a super-concert 
for the main address by evangelist Tom Skinner. 
The evening's events were open to the public. Mr. 
Skinner, the spiritual coach (chaplain) for the 
Washington Redskins, challenged some 2,000 peo- 
ple with the vision of a viable alternative to a 
blind acceptance of secular humanism in American 
culture. He suggested that it would take the form 
of a model Christian community, built on a life- 
death commitment of every individual in the 
community for each other. The model would con- 
tain all the necessary elements of cultural develop- 
ment, i.e. education, law practice, industry, etc., 
except built strictly upon Christian/Biblical prin- 
ciples. Mr. Skinner suggested that America needs 
to see these Christian models prospering as an 
cilternative life-style before American culture wall 
forsake its cancerous economic deities. Mr. Skinner 

was quite radical in the vision he shared, but it 
was truly evident that the Lord shared a needed 
message through Tom with those present. This 
was evident by the response at the end of his 
message. More than thirty people, mostly college 
students, made a commitment to each other to be- 
gin such a model on campus. 

Some other features of the conference were 
addresses by Neil Turner, coach of the Campus 
Crusade Athletes In Action wrestling team; Don 
Navorska, Ashland College student and former 
All-State Lacrosse player for Ohio State, and Dr. 
Joseph Kickasola, professor of Old Testament at 
Ashland Theological Seminary. Some outstanding 
seminars were also offered: Being A Christian 
Athlete On The Playing Field, Fundamentals of 
The Faith/Fundamentals of The Game, Man's 
Favorite Sport: "Christian Dating," The Coach 
At The "Home" Game: Parent- Athlete Relation- 
ships, and the Athlete In The Military. Many 
thanks to the coaches and athletes who shared in 
the success of these. 

A big thanks is expressed to all supporting 
groups: Regional Fellowship of Christian Ath- 
letes, The Coalition For Christian Outreach, Ash- 
land College and Seminary, Ashland city churches, 
etc. But a very special thanks to all those Ohio 
high schools, some 40 in number, who arranged 
student assemblies and allowed Ashland College 
athletes to share their testimonies and information 
concerning the conference. Several thousand high 
school students were reached with the message of 
Christ through this venture. Numerous FCA 
groups were started as a result of this outreach 

The Christian community on the campus feels 
that the Lord was truly honored by this confer- 
ence, which was one of the many outreach events 
of this special year. Another event this year which 
proved to be very successful, featured Mike 
Warnke, ex-Satanist high priest, who shared hu- 
mor, emotion and the Word with well over 2,000 
people the evening he spoke at the Convocation 

Also, many students were recently involved in 
planning, prayer and counseling with the evan- 
gelistic film, TIME TO RUN. They are sharing 
in the discipleship of some 300 persons who made 
some type of commitment in response to this 
film ministry. 

Looking toward the near future, the commun- 
ity will be sponsoring £md sharing in a number 
of Good Friday services, cooperating with faculty 
and administration in these events. One of these 
features will be a celebration-showing of the 
award-winning film, "Barabbas." These services 
will be open to the entire campus life. 

It is self-evident that the Lord has really been 
using the growing Christian community on the 
campus to bear a witness in many ways to others 
around them, on campus, in the Ashland commun- 
ity and throughout the State. 

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The Pittsburgh First Brethren Church held an 
experimental "LAYMEN ALIVE" Preaching- 
Teaching Mission March 31 through April 6. The 
theme came from our Brethren "Laymen ALIVE" 
program of Lay Evangelism through Campus 
Crusade for Christ, with the accompanying theme 
text being Ephesians 2:1, "And you He made 
alive . . !" 

The week was reminiscent of the old "One . . . 
Two" punch! The first part of the week, Sunday 
through Wednesday, was the preaching part of 
the mission, with Rev. James Black, our Brethren 
evangelist and pastor from Milledgeville, Illinois 

who presented the "Want To" of evangelism. The 
second half of the week presented the "How To' 
of evangelism, as the teaching part of the mission 
was presented by Rev. Arden Gilmer, our Brethren 
pastor at nearby Vandergrift, Pennsylvania, who 
had been trained in the methods and tools of Lay 
Evangelism by Campus Crusade for Christ. 

The average attendance Sunday through Friday 
was a very healthy 37, with Saturdays' attendance 
falling off because of work scehdules. At the 
opening service on Sunday morning practically 
the entire congregation came forward at the in- 
vitation for those who wanted to see revival in 
their own lives and the church. The Pittsburgh 
Brethren preceded the Preaching-Teaching Mission 
with a 24-hour Prayer Vigil, with each person 
phoning the next person on the list, completing 
a prayer chain throughout the entire 24 hours. 

Among Bro. Black's challenging messages were 
these unusual titles: "Seven Ducks In Dirty 
Water!", "Hog Insurance!", and "Cool Samson 
and the Rat-Fink Philistines!" Bro. Gilmer's topics 
included: "How to Experience God's Love & For- 
giveness", "How to Be Filled with the Spirit", 
"How to Walk in the Spirit", and "How to Witness 
in the Spirit." 

Our prayer is that "Laymen ALIVE" will be- 
come a reality in Pittsburgh: "All Laymen Imple- 
menting Vigorous Evangelism!" Keep us in your 

— Norman Long, Pastor , 


At our regular Sunday evening service we fea- 
ture special music, devotions by the laity, favorite 
hymns and an informal Bible study. About once 
each month we attempt to present a special pro- 

gram of interest and devotion. In keeping with 
this plan for special programs we were fortunate 
to have Cho Young Nam, his wife Miss Youn Yuh- 
Jung and Ken Anderson (of Ken Anderson films) 
for the Sunday evening Service, March 17. 

Cho Young Nam, or Young Joe, was the top 
male vocalist of South Korea. In fact he is known 
and revered by Koreans throughout the world. He 
accepted Christ when the Billy Graham Crusades 
were in Korea and was then featured in the cru- 
sades. His wife. Miss Youn, was the third ranking 
movie box office attraction of Korea. Prior to 
leaving his own country Young Joe appeared be- 
for thousands of people in special concerts and 
hosted a prime time daily television program. 
Since coming to the United States he has made 
appearances with the Billy Graham team. 

"I have come to this country to learn from 
American Christians," Young Joe says, "I want 
to be able to return to Korea and show our young 
people the realty of Christ. We have much skepti- 
cism toward religion among youth in Korea." 

The College Corner church was filled to more 
than capacity for his appearance. We were thrilled 
with Young Joe's message in song and his per- 
sonal testimony. 

The College Comer Church is continuing to 
grow spiritually and physically and we praise 
God for this. 

— Duane Dickson, pastor 

May 4, 1974 

Page Twenty-five 


The Brethren at Wayne Heights believe, as 
poet Joyce Kilmer wrote, that "only God can make 
a tree." On the other hand, the Brethren at Wayne 
Heights believe that they can help to put leaves 
on the tree that God made — and the above picture 
shows that they have been able to do just that! 

On January 13th of tliis year a large, bare 
branch was placed on the platform of the sanc- 
tuary of the Wayne Heights Brethren Church. At 
the evening service on that day all of those in 
attendance were given a copy of a suggested daily 
Bible reading guide which, if followed, would en- 
able the reader to complete a book of the Old 
Testament each week. Thus began our "Book of 
the Week Club." Starting with the book of Genesis, 

the Brethren began a systematic reading of the 
Old Testament. On Sunday evenings the pastor's 
message would center around the main theme 
of the book which had been read that week: "Gen- 
esis — Beginnings"; "Exodus — Redemption"; "Levi- 
ticus — Worship"; Numbers — Service"; Deuteron- 
omy — Faithfulness", etc. 

One of the ladies of the church was appointed 
Bible reading secretary. Each Sunday the folks 
who had completed the reading of a book would 
give their report to the secretary. The secretary 
had prepared a number of brightly colored leaves 
from construction paper and pipe cleaners. Each 
week the names of those who had completed the 
reading of a book, and the name of the book, 
were written on these leaves, and then the leaves 
were hung on the Bible reading tree. 

The above picture, taken just two months after 
the bare tree had been placed in the church, shows 
the tree with approximately three hundred leaves 
on it — the number of books which had been read 
up to that time. Those three hundred books repre- 
sent something over seven thousand chapters! If 
the Lord tarries we hope to continue this Bible 
reading and Bible preaching program until the 
entire Old Testament has been read in the homes 
and preached in the church. We also take a few 
minutes during these evening services to try to 
answer any questions that the members might 
have about the book of the week — thus the pro- 
gram also helps to instruct as well as inspire. We 
feel that the congregation is being blessed, and 
the work of the church is being strengthened as 
folks take the time to systematically read and 
study God's Word. 


Brother Jim Black of Milledgeville, Illinois re- 
cently sjKike in the Northern California District 
where he held evangelistic meetings February 
25 to March 2. He spent the first three nights 
within the Lathrop Brethren Church and the suc- 
ceeding three nights with the Manteca Brethren 

Then, Brother Jim and his wife Shirley were 
finally able to take a few days to relax and visit 
with his sister and brother-in-law. 

Our Northern California District Conference 
opened March 7 to 10, and Brother Jim was our 
featured speaker. He spoke in the Stockton Breth- 
ren Church, where Conference was held this year. 
The final night of Conference many people went 
forward to express their seriousness in wanting 
to be soul-winning Christians for Our Lord Jesus. 

We have had the problem in the past of our 
Conference being filled with business, but not as 
spiritual as we wanted or needed. This Conference 
was a dramatic improvement with the privilege 
of Brother Jim being able to continue to minister 
to us from the Word of God. The time spent with 
Evangelist Black is only a beginning investment 
by our District which the Lord will "return in 
full" with His Blessings and continued growth 
for us. 

If any other Brethren have not yet invited this 
man to come to minister to them with his evan- 
gelistic program, you are urged to do so. Many 
blessings are still coming to us because of the 
messages of this precious brother in Christ. 

Submitted by Violet Freeman, 
Lathrop Brethren, Secretary 


Dear friends in Christ: 

On February 17, 1974, the W.M.S. of the Falls 
City First Brethren, hosted the annual Birthday 
Party — a bountiful covered dish dinner was served 
to a good attendance. A program was enjoyed 
later in the evening. 

The quarterly business meeting was held on 
April 9th, and a vote was taken for a new Deacon 
and Deaconess; Mr. & Mrs. G«ne Killingsworth 
were called to serve. Brother Gene and Sister 
Barbara were set aside for this holy office, just 
before our Spring Communion Service on April 
11th. Forty-five persons partook of this com- 
munion, in a beautiful candlelight service. 

A committee wall meet April 21st, to make 
plans for a "Youth Fellowship." 

May the Spirit of Eastertime be vwth all of 
you throughout the year. 

—Ethyl Schroedl 

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Rev. Ora C. Lemert 85, Rt. 1, Walkerton, Indi- 
ana, passed away March 27, 1974. He served as a 
Brethren minister for more than 50 years and 
" was a retired school teacher. He spent his wanters 
in Florida the past 25 years, and along with Rev. 
Fred Vanator, was instrumental in the beginning 
of the Sarasota Brethren Church. 

Surviving are three daughters, one son, one 
brother, 10 grandchildren and six great-grand- 

It was an honor for this pastor to have the 
funeral message for this servant of the Lord. 
Rev. Jim Gilmer, Teegarden Brethren pastor, 
assisted. Services were held in the Teegarden 


church of which he was a member, with burial 
in Center-Polk Cemetery. 

—Rev. Claude Stogsdill 


by Phil Lersch, Chairman 
Brethren World Relief Committee 


(Formerly Congo) 

Homeless, hungry and sick refugees from the 
intertribal unrest in Burundi are cared for by the 
Free Methodist Mission in Bukavu. 

Funds from the World Relief Commission (in- 
cluding the Brethren Church) help provide free 
medical care at two dispensaries; travel, tuition, 
board and room for refugee students; materials 
and construction for schoolrooms; Bibles and 

Mrs. Barbara Stillman, RN, is in charge of the 
medical work. 

Nurse Barbara Stillman with a little 
refugee from Burundi. 

May 4, 1974 

Page Twenty-seven 



Dear Editor: 

Greetings to you and all The Brethren in Ash- 
land. This is a news item about a trip my wife, 
Pat, our three sons, and I wOl take to Europe. 

On 22 April 1974 we will fly via Luftansa Air- 
lines to Frankfurt, Germany, and return to Los 
Angeles on 20 May 1974. WhUe in Europye, we will 
visit Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany 
(Berlin), Holland, Italy, Luxemburg, Norway, 
Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Great 

Most Important about this trip is that we will 
spend a few days at Schwarzenau, Germany, 
studying and talking to the local i>eople about the 
origin of The Brethren Church in 1708. My three 
sons are excited about the trip. Steve is 18, Mark 
is 16 and Tim is 15. 

I hope to see you at General Conference. God 
bless you. 

My warmest regards in Christ, 

Brethren Chaplain to 
the U.S. Navy 

Join the throngs at the event of the year! 

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The Brethren Evangelist 

World Religious News 

in Review 


PHILADELPHIA (EP)— Inflation and the ris- 
ing cost of printing supplies is causing an "eco- 
nomic nightmare" for the Nashville-based United 
Methodist Publishing House, the firm's president 
said here. 

Dr. John E. Procter predicted "substantial" price 
increases for curriculum material and other print- 
ed goods. 

He told the denomination's Board of Publication 
that while sales income over the past six months 
is up, net income is down. Inflation, he added, 
must take much, but not all, of the blame. 

"We simply did not envision such a rapid rise 
in the cost of paper, ink and other production 
materials early enough ... to pass the increased 
cost to our customers," Dr. Procter said, noting 
that paper rose 40 per cent in cost. 

In addition to pubUshing aU the educational and 
interpretative material for the 10.3 million mem- 
ber United Methodist Church, the Publishing 
House does some of the printing for the United 
Presbyterian Church and the United Church of 

The materials of all three denominations are 
distributed from the Cokesbui-y Division of the 
Methodist Publishing House. 


LINO LAKES, Minn. (EP)— A banker's wife 
said the prayers of Christians throughout the 
world and her Christian upbringing sustained her 
dduring a harrowing S2-hour ordeal in the hands 
of abductors. 

Mrs. Eunice Kronhohn, 46, told newsmen in 
Bethel Seminary chapel at St. Paul that she was 
"terrified but uninjured," after being taken by two 
men wearing ski masks as she was wiping the 
frost off the windshield of her car Maixh 15. 

One suspect was captured quickly by the FBI; 
the other turned himself in. 

"I asked for a radio on Sunday so I could 'go 
to church,' " Mrs. Kronholm said. "They drummed 
up some kind of radio and asked what program 
I wanted." She suggested 90 on the dial, the loca- 
tion of Christian radio station KTIS in Roseville. 
One of the abductors remained in the room and 
heard the Rev. William Malam at First Baptist 
Church and Evangelist BOly Graham. 

"Shortly after that," Mrs. Kronholm recalled, 
"KTIS came on the air with an announcement of 
my abduction and asked everyone listening to pray 

for my safe return to my family. You can't imag- 
ine what that made me feel like. It really boosted 
me like I really can't explain to you." 

The courageous lady was formerly a nurse at 
Bethel Theological Seminary. Seven years ago she 
married Mr. Gunnar Kronholm, president of 
Grover State Bank in South St. Paul who had 
been a widower. Her husband paid the $200,000 
demanded, but the FBI recovered all but $100 of 
the ransom money. 

Mrs. Kronholm, speaking to a packed seminary 
chapel during live ABC and NBC telecasts, said 
her abductors were puzzled by her ability to re- 
main calm and not to become bitter. 

"All I could say was that I was a Christian and 
that God had given me the strength to do this," 
she said. "I told them, 'You won't believe this, but 
it's Sunday today and there are going to be thous- 
ands of people praying for me.' I continually felt 
the presence of God . . . and the serse that kept 
coming to me was, 'Thou wilt keep him in perfect 
peace, whose mind is stayed on thee' " (a reference 
to Isaiah 26:3). 

Mrs. Kronholm's testimony to the men (she 
called them "Bill" and "Jerry") seemed to lessen 
their will to hold her captive. After the FBI took 
the ransom money to the various locations she 
"just walked out" of the vacant house, hitch-hiked 
to a Tom Thumb superette store and phoned home 
to a grateful family. 


LAUSANNE, Switzerland (EP) — Strategies for 
world evangelization, the relationship of Bible 
prophecy to evangelism and criteria for establish- 
ing Christian unity are discussed in the first three 
study papers of the International Congress on 
World Evangelization. 

Congress organizers have sent copies of the 
papers to the 2,700 persons expected to attend, 
giving them an opportunity to study the material 
in advance of the July 16-25 gathering. The other 
eight major papers will be released at three one- 
month intervals. 

In "The Dimensions of World Evangelization," 
Dr. Donald A. McGavran, senior professor of 
missions at the Fuller Seminary School of World 
Mission in Pasadena, Calif., gives a broad over- 
view of the evangelistic needs that still exist today. 

He points out that "more than two-thirds of 
mankind has yet to hear of Jesus Christ," and 
uses (Fuller Seminary professor) C. Peter Wag- 
ner's term, "Fourth World," to describe these 
people. Dr. McGavran reports that "a small part 
of the Fourth World is in Switzerland, Europe, 

May 4, 1974 

Page Twenty-nine 

and North America, where maybe 90 million have 
never really heard the words, 'Jesus Christ,' and 
consequently have never thought of accepting 
Him as Savior and Lord." 

Another difficulty, Dr. McGavran points out, is 
that in many parts of the world, only some groups 
within society have become Christians, leaving 
others who have not yet been evangelized. "These 
'E>ockets' of Christianity," he says, "have the same 
difficulty evangelizing outside their linguistic 
and ethnic boundaries as black Baptists would 
have in Lausanne evangelizing white Marxists. 
Outside their own ethnic units, the evangelizing 
power of churches is usually small." 

The Fuller Seminary professor warns Congress 
participants to "beware of pessimistic generaliza- 
tions to the effect that evangelism is passe, mi- 
sionaries are not wanted, modem man demands 
bread not God, and a pluralistic world simply can- 
not conceive of one way to God and one revelation 
of His will. Some of these gloomy generalizations 
are the fruit of the Eurican (European- American I 
guilt complex. Some Europeans' good news con- 
sists in beating their breats and proclaiming their 


MOUNT HERMON, Calif. (EP) — The fifth 
annual Christian Writers Conference at the Mount 
Hermon Conference Center drew 150 beginning 
and advanced wrriters from five states April 8-13 
to the largest gathering in the history of the 
annual spring meeting. 

Seven publishers' representatives joined a teach- 
ing faculty of four and a resource team of seven 
men and women, according to Gary Wall, Mount 
Hermon's Director of Information Services. 

Teaching this year were James C. Hefley, free 
lance author and journalist (advanced non-fiction) ; 
Richard Bohrer, Professor of EngUsh and Jour- 
nalism at Multnomah School of the Bible, Portland, 
Ore. (beginning non-fiction); Elva McAllaster, 
novelist and poet. Professor of English at Green- 
ville College, 111. ( advanced fiction ) ; and Norman 
B. Rohrer, executive secretary. Evangelical Press 
Association (beginning fiction). 

Resource personnel included Margaret Anderson 
("The Business of Being a Writer"); Russell 
Chandler ("Styles of Journalism"); Tom Fred- 
erick ("Photo Journalism"); David Earl McDaniel 
("Poetry"); Alice Montin ("Writing from the 
Scriptures"); Lee Roddy ("Manuscript Prepara- 
tion and PR Writing for the Church") ; and Jeff 
House ("Drama in the Church"). 

Publishing houses represented this year at 
Mount Hermon were: Moody Press, Scripture 
Press, David C. Cook, Gospel Light Publications, 
Harvest Publications, Multnomah Press, and Tyn- 
dale House. 

Mount Hermon, 70 miles south of San Francisco, 
started the popular writers retreat in 1970 to de- 
velop beginners and to provide inspiration, fel- 
lowship and broadening experiences for estab- 
lished writers. 


LAUSANNE, Switzerland (EP)— Four speakers 
at the International Congress on World Evangel- 
ization to be held here in July have cautioned 
evangelical Christians to take culture seriously 
and to communicate the Gospel in terms that are 
understandable in the cultures in which they 

Howard A. Snyder, a Free Methodist from Sao 
Paulo, asserts in his Congress paper submitted 
for review that when the Bible speaks of "church" 
it does not mean denominations or other institu- 
tional structures. He claims that the church is an 
organism and not an organization bound by cul- 
tural patterns. 

Susumu Uda, a professor at Japan Christian 
Theological Seminary, Tokyo, stated that the 
church is the church only so long as it proclaims 
the Biblical message. 'The Japanese Reformed 
Presbyterian warned that "there would be no 
foundation for Christian faith and action" without 
the divine revelation known as the Bible. 

Francis A. Schaeffer, founder of the L'Abri 
Fellowship which has attracted intellectuals from 
around the world, describes Christianity as a 
"specific body of truth." 

"We must be careful to emphasize content in 
our messages," Schaeffer advised. "How much 
content will depend upon the people with whom 
we are working." 

George W. Peters, a Mennonite teaching mis- 
sions at Dallas Theological Seminary, said it "may 
prove disadvantageous if not disastrous" to try to 
use the same evangelistic methods in all cultures. 
We do not need renewal of the Gosj>el," Peters 
writes, "but we do need continuous renewal of 
methodology to communicate the age-old Gospel 
in an intelligible, meaningful and purposeful 

This quartet of theologians supplied the second 
set of study documents required ahead of the 
July 16-25 meeting. They have been mailed in 
advance to the 2,700 participants in the congress. 


VAN NUYS, Calif. (EP)— Publisher George Otis, 
in a letter to Emperor Halle Selassie of Ethiopia, 
has urged the Christian king to repent of his 
country's alignment with Israel's enemies and 
turn instead to bless the sons of Abraham. 

"It is a law of (3od that those who bless the 
Jews will be blessed and those who curse the 
Jews vidll be cursed," Otis wrote. 

He praised the king for his "open declaration 
for Jesus Christ," but chided him for giving in 
to popular pressures to encourage those who 
struck Israel during the October War. 

If the Ethiopian monarch changes his stance, 
Otis believes the country's current difficulties vsill 
be ended. 

"The Lord will then forgive and you will see 
the hand of God begin to move in behalf of your 
nation," the April 1 letter stated. 

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Some people consider a certificate of member- 
ship in some church an entrance ticliet into 
heaven. It isn't. The ]_,ord examines the person 
and not the ticket. 

Happiness is crazy arithmetic. It multiplies 
when you divide it. 

Pastor's Helper 
Hagerstowm, Maryland 

Forbidden fruit is the ingredient for many a 

Instead of wondering about what light of which 
star he was bom under, a man better be more 
concerned about the color of the traffic light be- 
fore he crosses the street. 

The hardest secret for a person to keep is the 
opinion of himself. 

Many live as though they fancied God an under- 
taker, whom they would need only after death, 
from the Evangel 

There was a time when insteint recall referred 
to high intellect. Now it seems to be related to 
carelessness in manufacturing. 


Many a woman has gotten terribly excited about 
something, then wound up marrying him. 

Memory is what makes you wonder what you 
forgot to do. — (Smiles) 

"Say, Bill, you ought to stop bragging about 
how your wife made a man out of you. You don't 
hear my wife going around saying that." 

"Maybe she doesn't, but she has been heard say- 
ing that she done her best." 

Even fun isn't fun anymore. It's like insurance, 
the older you get, the more it costs. 

Two cars bumped at an intersection. One drove 
away undamaged. The other driver sadly con- 
templated his damage. 

Witness (rushing up excitedly) ; You ought to 
have that fellow arrested! It was plainly his fault. 

Driver (shaking his head) : Thanks, old man, 
for your offer. But it couldn't possibly be his fault. 
His father is mayor, his uncle is chief of police 
and I'm engaged to his sister. 

Doctor: "I can't find the cause for your illness. 
Frankly, I think it's due to drinking." 

Patient: "That's too bad. Should I come back 
later when you're sober?" 

To stay young, stay with young people. 
To die young, try to keep up with them. 

May 4, 1974 


"It has been said that the letter "e" is a most 
unfortunate character. It is always out of cash, 
forever in debt, never out of danger and in trouble 
all the time. But it can be considered in another 
way. "E" is never in war but ever in peace. More- 
over, "e" is the center of honesty, and ease begins 
and ends with it. 

Best of all, God's love, mercy and grace all con- 
tain "e". "E" is in that name which is above every 
name, Jesus, and is found in His Gospel and our 
redemption. Eternal life has it at its beginning and 
ending. Without it, heaven, though a haven, would 
not be heaven. So "e" is a fortunate character — 
after all." 

E. Schuyler English 

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Executive Committee 

Elton Whitted, Chairman; Mrs. Michael Drushal; Mrs. Jerry Flora 

In This Issue: 

3 Drop A Pebble In The Water 

4 Ohio District Conference Program 

6 Women's Lab 

by il 

7 Ronk Memorial Chapel Project 

8 News Briefs from NAE Convention 

10 The Brethren Layman (June Inspirational) 

by Roger Geaslen 

11 Board of Christian Education 

(Introduction of Summer Crusaders) 

19 News from AC 

20 Signal Light Stories for June 

by Alberta Holsinger 

22 The Layman's Page (News items) 

24 Church News 

28 Missionary News 

31 World Relief Report 
Phil Lersch 





Yes, it's time to think of Brethren Publications 
and their value to our lives. In a real sense, it's 
already too late if we are only starting now. The 
Publication Day Offering is a help, but it is not 
the whole answer. We need to be talking about 
the Evangelist and Outlook with others. We need 
to take them and read them to find out what is 
being said. 

The Brethren Church was founded and support- 
ed by men who gave of their own possessions in 
order to share the ideas of men freely through 
the printed page. They were convinced that ideas 
are powerful and that everyone has the need to 
know what others are thinking. 

I share that conviction. There is no way to build 
unity except on a free exchange of ideas and 
finding a common meeting ground. Can you 

imagine where the Church would be, ii men had 
not written down the teachings of Jesus? 

In Nigeria, I saw how vitally interested people 
were to learn skills in order to publish their ideas. 
The printed page became to them an open door 
for exploration of a whole new world of thought 
and experience. 

Today there are extreme pressures being placed 
on religious publications in order to quiet their 
words of guidance and warning. This is not a time 
to take our publications for granted, rather now 
is the time to give them our whole-hearted support 
and grant them a fresh mandate to speak for us 
and to us. Let's thank God for His blessings to 
us by giving generously to strengthen our Breth- 
ren Publications. 

Rev. Larry BoUinger 
Smithville Cross Beam 

Page Three 

By the Way 



Drop a pebble in the water, just a splash, 
and it is gone; 
But there's half a hundred ripples circling on, 
and on, and on. 

Spreading, spreading from the center, 
plowing on out to the sea, 
But there's not a way of telling where the 
end is going to be. 

Drop an unkind word, or careless, in a moment 
it is gone. 
But there are half a hundred ripples circling 
on, and on, and on. 

They are spreading ever spreading from the 
center as they go; 
And there is no way to stop them, once 
you've started them to flow. 

Drop an unkind word, or caureless, in a minute 
you forget. 
But there are little wavelets flowing, 
and there are ripples circling yet; 

And perhaps in some sad heart a mighty wave 
of tears you've stirred. 
And disturbed a life once happy, when you 
dropped that unkind word. 

Drop a word of cheer and kindness, just a flash, 
and it is gone; 
But there are hall a hundred ripples circling 
on, and on, and on. 

Bearing hope and joy and comfort on each 
splashing, dashing wave, 
Til you'd not believe the volume of the one 
kind word you gave. 

Drop a word of cheer and kindness, in a minute 
you forget, 
But there's gladness still a swelling, 
and there's joy circling yet. 

And you've rolled a wave of comfort whose 
sweet music can be heard 
Over miles and miles of water, just by 
dropping one kind word. 

So, let's remember to "become useful and helpful 
and kind one to another," and only drop kind 
words that will give peace and joy to others. 

Stockton Brethren Review 

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The Brethren Evangelist 




Camp Bethany, June 20-22, 1974 

THEME: "Praise the Lord" 

"O praise the Lord, all ye nations; praise 
him all ye people." Psalm 117:1 

Conference Organization 

Moderator Bradley Weidenhamer 

Moderator-elect Alvin Grumbling 

Secretary Jean Shank 

Assistant Secretary Joyce Brownsberger 

Treasurer Thomas Stoffer 

Assistant Treasurer Lois Byler 

Statistician William Walk 

Statutory Agent Elton Whitted 

May 18, 1974 

Page Five 


Thursday — June 20 

Theme for the day: 

"Praise the Lord for His Creation" 
1:00 Registration: Housing 

5:30- 6:30 Fellowship Dinner 
6:30 Registration: Delegates and Housing 

7:30 In the beginning, God . . . 

Invocation, Bradley Weidenhamer 
Greeting, Ron Waters, Chairman, 

Host Committee 
Praise the Lord with song 
Praise the Lord with art 

New Lebanon, Ohio 

Alvin Grumbling, Moderator-elect 
Rejoice in the Lord 
9:30-10:15 A Bird's-eye view of the 
10:30 Campfire 

I will both lay me down in 
peace, and sleep. 

Friday Morning: — June 21 

Theme: "Praise the Lord for His saints" 
6:30 My voice shalt thou hear in the 

morning, O Lord 
00- 7:45 Breakfast 

15 Registration: Delegates and Housing 

45- 9:15 A Time of Devotion 

Praise the Lord with song 
Praise the Lord with meditation 
Williamstovni, Ohio 
9:15-10:00 Praise the Lord with song 

Bradley Weidenhamer, Moderator 
10:00-10:30 Mid-morning break 

Conference Briefing Sessions 
Registration: Delegates and Housing 
10:30-12:00 Come now, and let us reason 


Report of the Credential Committee 
Orgctnization of the 1974 Conference 
Reading of Recommendations of 

Executive Committee 
Election of the Committee 

on Committees 
Election of the Nominating 

Election of the Board members 
Conference Treasurer's Report 
Conference Statistician's Report 
A Time of Sharing District Interests 
BOcird of Christian Education 
Board of Evangelists 
Ministerial Examining Board 
Board of Trustees 
Report of above elections 
12:00 Lunch 

Friday Afternoon — June 21 

1:00- 1:30 Registration: Delegates and Housing 
1:30- 2:30 Woman's Missionary Society, 

2:30- 4:00 Come now, let us reason together 

Reading of the Minutes 
Report of Credential Committee 
Action on Recommendations of 

Executive Committee 
Action on Executive Committee's 

Recommendations from the 

Moderator's address 
Report of Special Committees 
A Time of Sharing Missions 

District Mission Board 
4:00 Committee and Board meetings 

5:30 Dinner 

Friday Evening- — June 21 

Theme: "Praise the Lord for His Salvation" 
7:30 I Wm Praise Thee, O Lord, 

Through Song 
I Will Praise Thee, O Lord, 
Through Meditation 
Dajrton, Ohio 

Dr. Jerry Flora, Ashland 
Theological Seminary 
Rejoice in the Lord 
9:30-10:15 Extra-dimensional Chats 
10:30 Campfire 

I laid me down and slept. 


00- 7:45 


45- 9:45 


Saturday Morning- — June 22 

"Praise the Lord for Missions" 
In the morning will I direct my 

prayer unto Thee 

Registration: Delegates 
Woman's Missionary Society, 

Laymen, Ministerium 
Mid-moming Break 
A Time of Devotion 

Praise the Lord with song 

Praise the Lord with Meditation 
Pleasant HiU, Ohio 
10:30-12:00 Come now, and let us reason together 

Reading of the Minutes 
Report of the Credential Committee 
Election of Officers 
Election of Committee members 
Selection of Delegates-at-Large to 

General Conference 
Selection of Time and Place 

of 1975 Conference 
Printing of Minutes and distribution 
Unfinished Business 
Report of above elections 
Final Reading of Minutes 
Adoption of the Minutes as the 

Official Record of this 

Conference Meeting 
Installation of Officers 
12:30 Missionary Luncheon 

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The Brethren Evangelist 

Brethren Youth 

Resource leader — 

Rev. Alvin Shifflett, Nappanee, Indiana 



Registration: Housing* 

5:30- 6:30 

Fellowship Dinner* 


Registration: Delegates and Housing 


Opening Session 


Get Acquainted 




7:00- 7:45 


8:15- 8:45 



Second Session 


Swimming and Recreation 



1:00- 5:00 

Canoe Trip and Box Supper 


Third Session 




7:00- 7:45 


8:45- 9:45 



Last Session 


Missionary Luncheon* 

* Joint youth and adult functions; all others are 

Woman's Missionary Society 

Theme: "Praise the Lord'" 

Friday — 1:30 

Greetings — Betty Decirdurff, Ohio W.M.S. 

Report of the Credential Committee 
Special Music — New Lebanon 
Devotions — Gratis 
Suggestions for 1974-75 Project 
Sharing Experiences in Praising the Lord 
W.M.S. Benediction 

Saturday — 8:15 

Report of Credential Committee 
Special Music — Ashland 
Devotions — Smithville 
Project Ingathering 
Business Meeting 

Election of Officers 

Plans for fall retreat and rally 

Choose Project for 1974-75 
W.M.S. Benediction 



Like the heroine of the short narrative tucked 
into the Old Testament between Nehemiah and 
Job, we find another lovely lady living among the 
residents of Brethren Care. As her Biblical coun- 
terpoint, she is unassuming and gracious, reflect- 
ing such a spirit as only her Creator could bestow 
upon her. 

Esther Abrams has lived her entire life in Ash- 
land, one of six children — four sisters and one 

After attending public school and one year at 
Ashland College, she was employed in several 
stores, selling to a public which always found 
her courteous and accommodating. Places of em- 
ployment included Poorman's Grocery, Sellers' 
Dry Goods, J. C. Penny's, and Gilbert's Furniture 
Company, where she remained for twenty-two 
years, untU her retirement recently. 

She recalls vwth pleasure her younger days 
when she attended a Sunday afternoon junior 
church group supervised by Dr. C. F. Yoder and 
Mrs. J. H. Lichty. She became a member of the 
Park Street Brethren Church in 1927, and has 
maintained her membership there ever since. 

Esther, rather serious-minded herself, confesses 
to liking jovial people; however, she maintains 
she likes everyone in the whole world, and her 
conduct testifies to this attitude. 

Her hobbies include reading, sewdng, cultivating 
flowers, and helping- those in need. Asked how she 
likes living at Brethren Care — and she gave up a 
lovely home to go there — she replied, "I couldn't 
be better contented anywhere." 

Esther has a marvelous faith in her Lord. This 
frail little lady has had many illnesses, some quite 
prolonged, but her trust in Him never wavers. 

All the residents of Brethren Care who know 
her visit her room frequently, share their inter- 
ests with her, and reveal great admiration for 
her; in fact, they look upon her as somebody 
pretty special. Indeed she is, like Esther in the 
palace at Shushan, a bit of God's nobility. 

May 18, 1974 

Page Seven 


Plans for the Ronk Memorial Project are taking 
definite shape. This Project is most appropriate 
at this time, not only because of the Memorial 
itself to these fine men of Gkid — Drs. Albert, Willis, 
and George Ronk — but also because of the grow- 
ing, urgent need of the Seminary. The Seminary 
building is absolutely filled to capacity — library, 
classrooms, general facilities — and unless addition- 
al space is provided, enrollment will necessarily 
be curtailed. 


The Seminary has grown from 20 to 130 

students ! 
The present chapel is not large enough (96 

capacity) to congregate "Seminary 

The Seminary does not have any one room 

where faculty, students, and wives can 

get together. 
The present three classrooms (renovated from 

old garages) are not large enough for 

growing classes. 
The library will be fUled by the end of the 

Without additional space, enrollment will 

be curtailed. 


The "Ronk Memorial Center" be built as a 
"multi-purpose" chapel. 
Worship space for 250. 
Several large classroom areas. 
Space for "get-together" for Seminary 

Convert present chapel space into: 
Brethren archives center. 
Space for Biblical archaeological collection. 
Space for thirty thousand library books. 


Your personal support is necessary because: 
Church's faithful giving is designated for 

operating expense only. 
Therefore, the Ronk Memorial Project will be 

fulfilled in special personal gifts. 
Preparing men and women for "Gospel 

Ministry, EvangreUsm, and Missions" is 

the responsibility of committed Christians 

like yourself. 


$125,000 is the goal for buUding— $40,000 is 

now in reserve for project. 
Board of Trustees approved project on a cash 

basis only! 
The Goal is to begin construction in 1974. 
A chapel building for the Seminary is certainly 
a priority for the Brethren Church. The Seminary 
chapel is most essential because it is used for 
worship services, communion and baptismal ser- 
vices, special lecture series, mission conferences, 
evangelistic services, Bible classes, and many other 
special services such as weddings. Student prayer 
groups also use the chapel throughout the week. 
As a committed Christian, you can fulfill this 
project by a special gift: a gift of $5,000 — a gift 
of $1,000— a gift of $500— a gift of $100. May the 
Spirit of the Lord guide us in these decisions. 

Joseph R. Shultz, Vice-President 
Ashland College Seminary 

Page Eight 

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BOSTON, Mass. (NAE)— Evangelicals may be 
remiss in realizing their strength, according to 
Rev. Robert Dugan, Jr. pastor of Trinity Baptist 
Church, Wheat Ridge, Colo., and a member of the 
Executive Committee of the National Association 
of Evangelicals. Speaking to the 125-member 
Board of Administration of the NAE at their 
annual convention Board Dinner here Monday 
night. Rev. Dugan said that evangelicals in 
America represent the mainstream between "un- 
biblical inclusiveness on the left and unbiblical 
exclusiveness on the right." 

Dugan said that evangelicals must perceive 
themselves as the third (and major) force in 
Protestantism but must also recognize that there 
must be a fresh appraisal of the image of Christ 
lived out by millions of Americans if they are to 
be an effective force in this day. In aslting if evan- 
gelical leaders bear the image of Christ, Dugan 
challenged the NAE leaders to examine them- 
selves as to His commitment cordiality, consis- 
tency, compassion and courage. 

"We must help each other, as a united body of 
believers, in sharpening our prophetic role of the 
image of Christ" said Dugan, indicating that evan- 
gelicals have something very priceless to share in 
an age when more people are open to that mes- 
sage of good news than ever before. 


BOSTON, Mass. (NAE)— Scripture indicates 
that it is not the responsibility of the State to edu- 
cate children, according to Dr. Don Howard, presi- 
dent of Accelerated Christian Education, Garland, 
Texas. Speaking before Christian educators of the 
National Association of Christian Schools (NACS) 
at the NAE Convention, he said that biblically, 
"the responsibility of training is always the home 
and the church." 

"Education is communication of life . . . from 
one life to another." He indicated that is this light, 
a trained Christian teacher is the best teacher. 
Stating optimism in the growth of the Christian 
school movement he told church leaders that, 
"Most churches that have begun Christian schools 
have doubled their enrollment in one year." The 
National Association of Christian Schools is the 
Christian school arm of the National Association 
of Evangelicals. 


BOSTON, Mass. — Some seven hundred delegates 
and guests, representing the most outstanding 
evangelical leadership In the country, voted to 
support a resolution passed by the United States 
Senate calling our nation to set aside April 30th 
as a National Day of Humiliation, Fasting and 
Prayer. Meeting during the 32nd Armual Conven- 
tion of the National Association of Evangelicals, 
the Convention resolved that the NAE "warmly 
endorses this action by the U.S. Senate, and urges 
our people to make this the beginning of repeated 
times when we observe a day of fasting and 
prayer." The Convention went on to recommend 
that the churches represented, some 36,000 set 
aside the last day of each month for the remainder 
of the year as a time to "pray earnestly for our 
nation, and to ask the Lord to give us the spiritual 
awakening tliat is sorely needed." 


BOSTON, Mass. (NAE)— A coUege dean of 
women with the apj)earance of a teenager en- 
thralled 200 women here today at a noon luncheon 
of the Women's Fellowship, held in conjunction 
with the 32nd Annual Convention of the National 
Association of Evangelicals. 

With a fresh, disarming manner. Miss Ann 
Kimbel, 28-year-old dean of women of Eastern 
Nazarene College, Quincy, Mass., urged the audi- 
ence to share enough love and concern to touch 
the lonely, bitter and hurting j)eople of the world 
with the Friendship that is Jesus Christ. 

Illustrating her talk with personal experiences, 
she described how "The Contemporary Woman- 
Biblical Style" can demonstrate the love of God 
in personal encounters. 

"I'm an ordinary woman," she said, "But I be- 
lieve that God and I can change the world." She 
pointed out that in "a big world of war and loneli- 
ness" there are hundreds of people who need to 
know that "God does live and love and care for 
one lonely person." 

Miss Kimbel challenged the members of the 
Women's Fellowship to be the instruments of CJod 
working in their own community. "If Jesus could 
move the world with 12 ordinary men," she said, 
"He can move the world with you." 

May 18, 1974 

Page Nine 


BOSTON, Mass. (NAE) — Challenging missions 
executives to a "greater achievement under God," 
Dr. Vergil Gerber, Executive Director of the Evan- 
gelical Missions Information Service (EMIS) 
addressed the Evangelism and Home Missions 
Association at the 32nd Annual Convention of the 
National Association of Evangelicals. Drawing on 
his experiences as a pastor, missionary and evan- 
gelist. Dr. Gerber noted wdth disappointment that 
many evangelistic efforts still result in a definite 
lack of church growth. 

Through the use of a multi-media presentation. 
Dr. Gerber outlined to the fifty-five leaders the 
biblical basis for a "new approach to evangeUsm" 
and the various techniques needed to carry it 
out. He emphasized that this new approach should 
be "goal-centered" rather than "method-centered." 
Further, he suggested missions become more 
sensitive to new ways of evaluating their evan- 
gelistic effectiveness, and of encouraging perm- 
anence and growth in church members and 
churches at large. 


BOSTON, Mass. — "United action" is the strategic 
necessity called for by Dr. Clyde W. Taylor, Gen- 
eral Director of the National Association of Evan- 
gelicals at their 32nd Annual Convention here in 
Boston. Addressing the Convention for the last 
time in his official capacity. Dr. Taylor who has 
been an NAE spokesman for the past thirty years, 
reviewed the activities of the organization and 
challenged the 750 evangelical leaders from across 
the country to cooperate in their efforts to "finish 
the Harvest" and teU every nation about Jesus 
Christ. Dr. Taylor outlined a fourfold method to 
accomplish this goal, first urging that the 10 
million evangelical Christians within the various 
denominations join the NAE family. Next, Dr. 
Taylor called for a "strategy that fits in with the 
movement of God's Spirit as He builds the Church 
and finishes the work assigned to Him." The third 
challenge to evangelicals was to examine and eval- 
uate the direction of their financial support and 
cease the proliferation of sham organizations. 
Lastly, he stressed the need for mtemational co- 
operation among evangelical churches based on 
national units with its leadership coming from 
the grass roots. 

Taylor urged the evangelical churchmen and 
executives to implement strategies which would 
channel the resources of youth, to use the Bicen- 
tennial celebrations in their cities to "remind the 
nation of its heritage in God's word," and to en- 
courage lay ministries. Optimistic about the future 
of NAE, Dr. Taylor noted, "We are pressing for- 
ward to the whole movement of lay ministries and 
church growth. . . . This movement is worldwide 
and is being used by the Holy Spirit to produce 
fantastic results. The Natloncd Association of 
Evangelicals must stay in the vanguard of this 
movement if we are to keep pace with the work 
of the Holy Spirit." 


BOSTON, Mass. — An energetic executive who 
for the past seven years has devoted himself to 
the distribution of world relief, was named as the 
1974 Layman of the Year at the 32nd Annual Con- 
vention of the National Association of Evangelicals 
here Wednesday. 

Dr. Everett S. Graffam, executive vice president 
of the World Relief Commission, Inc. was pre- 
sented the award by NAE President Dr. Myron 
F. Boyd. Fitly described as, "a man who has given 
himself for others," Dr. Graffam has covered close 
to one million mUes distributing several mUlLon 
pounds of food, clothing, medicine and equipment, 
with the 1973 total cash value amounting to 

Coming to the WRC from a broad and varied 
background in business, Dr. Graffam has held 
positions such as director of the G. D. Dahl Corp., 
Bristol, R. I., president of Buffalo Bible Institute, 
and executive director of the Evangelical Founda- 
tion of Philadelphia. He has shown distinguished 
leadership of the World Relief Commission. In 
connection with his WRC work he has been hon- 
ored by the Ministry of Social Welfare of Vietnam 
and has received the CivU Merit Medal from the 
government of Korea. As well as his citations 
from foreign governments, he has addressed the 
State Legislature of Oklahoma and was guest 
speaker at the Rhode Island Governor's Prayer 
Breakfast. He has been a guest at the White House 
on four occasions and was appointed to the Presi- 
dent's committee to work on the Peru disaster. 



BOSTON, Mass.— The 32nd Annual Convention 
of the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) 
opened here today with a stern reminder from 
Scripture that God calls all mankind to righteous- 
ness and justice. Third-ranking Republican in the 
U.S. House of Representatives, Congressmem John 
Anderson of Illinois told evangelical leaders that, 
"God judges us as individuals, as a church and 
as a nation." Anderson repeatedly stressed that 
transformed lives (in Jesus Christ) are the true 
basis for a transformed environment, socially and 
politically. "God's call has something to say about 
poverty, racism, nuclear holocaust, population ex- 
plosion, hunger and campaign deception," he said, 
indicating that God's call to the individual Chris- 
tian cannot be separated from His concern for 
national righteousness and justice. "Our strength 
does not rest in an ever-rising GNP or Ln might of 
arms," he said, "but is measured by the degree 
to which we are faithful to God's demand for 

The NAE convention marks the first time in 
its 32 year history that the association, repre- 
senting some 30,000 churches from 60 denomina- 
tional affiliations, has convened in New England. 

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Rodger H. Geaslen 




Smog has often been emphasized as one of the 
chief pollutants and health hazards. Now, scien- 
tists are telling us that noise is also a pollutant 
and is affecting health. 

We are told that noise can be distressful and 
disturbing to the equilibrium; and, also if the 
noise is great enough, vibrations can produce 
injury to the ear — perhaps permanent injury. The 
irritability and annoyance from noise can also 
bring on . increase in blood pressure and essential 

Just as continued noise can disturb organs of 
the body, how often the rumblings of trouble dis- 
turb the calmness of the soul and bring disaster! 

A doctor who is with the University of Califor 
nia Medical Center believes that there is ever; 
possibility that machinery can be designed whicl 
will diminish much of the poise from airplanes 
trucks, compressors and even from househol( 
appliances. That is good news and we rejoice in it 

How happy we are that a remedy has alread; 
been found which can stUl the distressing noise: 
and anxieties of the soul. This remedy is founc 
only in the Lord. 

Just as the Lord Jesus calmed those waves oi 
the Sea of Galilee with His words, "Peace, be still,' 
so He can calm the tempests that rage in thi 
soul. He loves you. He died for you; and longs t( 
be trusted through every trying circumstance ai 
well as for SEilvation! His Word to us is, "Be stU 
and know that I am God." (Psalm 46:10) 

The prophet Elijah had to leam that the Lore 
was not in the great wind, nor in the earthquake 
nor in the fire! It was "the still, small voice" frorr 
Heaven which instructed Elijah where to go an( 
what he was to do! 

Let us not allow the raucous noises of eartl 
to rob us of the joy of hearing the "stUl, smal 
voice" of the Lord. Instead may that voice awaker 
in us His peace and His joy. Then, we shall b< 
able to "Make a joyful noise unto the Lord" (Psalrr 
100:1), which wdU be most acceptable to Him! 

May 18, 1974 

Pa^e Eleven 


^Uco^^^H 74 

August 5-12, 1974 


For Youth Completing Grade 10 Through Age 22 

See the DISCOVERY 74 brochure you received in the mail, 
or write the Board of Christian Education for a copy. 

Page Twelve 

The Brethren Evangelist 



1974 SUMMER 



Team members for the fifth edition of the 
Summer Crusader Program have been selected 
and are preparing for a vibrant, exciting six-week 
ministry in Brethren churches, camps, and nursing 
care facilities. A four-pronged approach is planned, 
centering in the areas of camping, education, 
music, and on-the-job training through internships. 

Following (and in the next issue of the Evan- 
gelist) you will meet these young adults who will 
be serving you in the weeks to oome. Be in prayer 
for them now as they prepare and during the 
summer as they work to the glory of God and 
the outreach of the Brethren Church. 


Five young people with camping and educa- 
tional experience and interest will sp>end their 
summer assisting in VBS and camping in the 
Midwest and Ohio Districts. Again we are happy 
to have a team join the members of the First 
Brethren Church, Derby, Kansas, in a 10-day VBS 
outreach to the community. The unit will likewise 
help with a 5-day VBS in nearby Mulvane. Then 
it is on to a week of camping at Midwest Camp 
W^yandotte and two weeks at Ohio Camp Bethany. 

Pam North of the New Lebanon, Ohio, Brethren 
Church will be leader of the team. Pam is com- 
pleting her freshman year at Michigan State 
University where she is studying youth leadership 
and recreation. She also served in the 1973 
Summer Crusader Program. 

Pamela North, Leader 
New Lebanon 

May 18, 1974 

Page Thirteen 


Serving Midwest and Ohio Districts 

Gene McConahay 

James Miller 
Johnstoivn II 

Gene McConahay served in the 1972 program 
and hails from Smithville, Ohio. Gene is in his 
sopiiomore year at the Wayne General/Orrville 
branch of Akron University, wdth a vocational 
interest in medicine. 

Jim Miller, a second year Crusader, hails from 
Second Brethren Church in Johnstown, Pennsyl- 
vania. Jim will enter Geneva CoUege in the fall to 
study for the ministry. 

Coming aU the way from Tucson, Arizona, for 
her first summer as a Crusader, Bobin Rentzel 
graduates from high school this spring and plans 
to enter college in the fall in the area of physical 
therapy. (Photo on next page) 

Donna Shanl;, formerly from Maurertown, Vir- 
ginia, and presently a member of the Gretna 
Brethren Church in BeUefontaine, Ohio, plans to 
begin a program in nursing at Shenandoah College 
in the fall. Donna was a Crusader last year. 
(Photo on next page) 

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The Brethren Evang'elist 


Robin Rentzel 

Donna Shank 


A team of four women will be working with 
the First Brethren Church (Park Street) in Ash- 
land, Ohio, in developing and operating a six-week 
Bible-teaching/evangelistic Summer Bible Ministry 
(SBM). Incorporated in the program concept is a 
plan to reach unchurched families through special 
age-graded teaching program at the church and 
at one or more neighborhood Bible studies. The 
SMB will also serve as a springboard for an on- 
going after-school program at the church during 
the school year for young children. The primary 
concern of the SBM is to faithfully and accurately 
provide scriptural instruction to children in such 
a way that the unsaved may come to know the 
Saviour and that those who are Christian may be 
more fully equipped to serve. 

Beverly Blough, leader of the SBM Unit, was a 
part of the Crestwood Crew last summer and 
served capably in the learning center program 
in the mission church at Ft. Wayne, Indiana. Bev 
is completing her junior year at Ashland College 
studying elementary education. She is from 
Smithville, Ohio. 

Beth Gilmer of West Alexandria has just com- 
pleted a course of study at Sawyer College of 
Business in Dayton and will also be working with 
the SBM Unit this summer. Beth served on the 
Mission-Action II Unit last summer, helping with 
Bible schools and camps in the Central, Midwest, 
and Indiana districts. 

No stranger to the Park Street church and a 
resident of Ashland, Joan Holsing:er also adds to 
the SBM Unit experience from the 1973 learning 
center program at Ft. Wayne. Joan is completing 
her sophomore year at Ashland College with a 
religion major and psychology minor. 

Bonnie Radcliff is a first year Crusader from 
Syracuse, Indiana, and the Dutchtown church. 
Bonnie has been involved in church programs all 
her life and has worked in VBS and camp. She 
graduates from Wawasee High School this spring. 

May 18, 1974 

Page Fifteen 

Serving Ashland, Ohio 

Beverly Blough, Leader 

Joan Holsinger 
Ashland (Park Street) 

Beth Gilmer 
West Alexandria 

Bonalee Radcliff 

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The Brethren EvangeUst 


Joan Hamel 

Six young i>eople will benefit from on-the-job 
training during the summer as institutional and 
church staff interns. Though not technically Cru- 
saders (their scholarships are raised apart from 
the Summer Crusader Fund), the interns will 
serve under the administration and comply with 
the high standards of the Summer Crusader 

Through this new phase of summer outreach, 
the interns will gain insights into various minis- 
terial situations, learning from the valuable ex- 
perience of pastors and administrators. 

Joan Hamel, a senior graduating in May from 
Ashland College with a B.A. in Psychology and 
Religion, will be working with the Bryan, Ohio, 
Brethren Church. Joan is from Sarasota, Florida, 
and has been active on campus in dormitory Bible 
studies and Christian fellowship activities. 

Joyce Cole and Joan Weaver wiU serve with 
Brethren Care La Ashland, Ohio, and they will 
assist in the Summer Bible Ministry at the Park 
Street church. Joyce graduates in June from the 
Conemaugh VaJley Memorial Hospital School of 
Nursing. She is a member of the Vinco, Pennsyl- 
vania, Brethren Church. Joan, a member of the 
Teegarden, Indiana, church, has graduated from 
high school and is working at present. 




Joyce Cole 

Mary Joan Weaver 

May 18, 1974 

Page Seventeen 


Wayne Grumbling' will finish his freshman year 
at Taylor University in the spring and then join 
Pastor Arden Gilmer for service at the Vander- 
grift, Pennsylvania, Pleasant View Brethren 
Church. Wayne is interested in pursuing a pas- 
torial ministry. He was team captain for Mission 
Action Team I last summer and is from Waterloo, 

The young mission church at Bradenton, Florida, 
will have the assistance of Paul Deardurff and 
Ken Hunn. Paul is a third-year man, previously 
functioning as a Crusader in 1971 and 1972. He 
will graduate from Ashland College in May with 
a B.A. degree. Ken was a member of "THE 
TWELVE," the 1973 musical unit, and is a fresh- 
man Bible major at Bethel College. Gretna is 
Paul's home church; Ken is from Mishawaka. 

Wayne Grumbling 

Paul Deardurff 

Kenneth Hunn 

Page Eigrhteen The Brethren EvangreUst 


The Summer Crusader Program is no "fun-and- games" operation. It is real 
kids facing real problems in a real work with the direction and help of a real Grod. 
It is a spiritual crusade for the cause of Jesus Christ. 

God has set a great work before our Crusaders, and we know His will will be 
accomplished as His people lift it up before the Lord. It is our request that again, as 
last year, concerned youth and adults join us in a dynamic prayer effort so that 
each Crusader and each Intern will be the subject of specific prayers by God's peo- 
ple for guidance every day of his or her service. If you pversonally want to join us 
in this prayer crusade — June 15 - August 18 — please fUl in the accompanying form. 
If you know of other "prayer warriors" who would like to sign up, please add their 
names and addresses. When we know of your interest, we wall assign one Cru- 
sader to you and send you his name and something about him, his schedule, and 
other pertinent information so you can pray knowledgeably. 

Thanks for your prayerful interest. 

Clip this form today and mail it to: 

Crusader Prayer Campaign 
Board of Christian Education 
524 College Avenue 
Ashland, OH 44805 

Dear BCE Staff, 

I would personally like to join the Summer Crusader Prayer Campaign and 
pledge to pray daily for the Crusader assigned to me. 




Others who would be interested are listed below. 

May 18, 1974 

Pag^e Nineteen 


ASHLAND, Ohio, April 18— The Ohio Northern 
University drug information team, which has 
spoken before more than 7,000 people in the past 
four years, appeared at 7 p.m. April 22 at Ashland 
College in Clayton Hall's Msiin Lounge. 

The program, of particular interest to teen- 
agers, was free and open to the public. 

Comprised of about 25 students from the Raabe 
CoUege of Pharmacy, the drug abuse team has 
spoken to age groups from elementary students 
to adults. Most of the programs in the past have 
been to junior high and senior high school 

"We try to give facts, not opinions or moraliza- 
tions, concerning the use of drugs," said Susan 
Bucan, chairman of the team. "This program is 
relevant to today's drug problems." 

The teams present half -day or all-day programs 
consisting of slide presentations or demonstra- 
tions with rats. 

In the rat demonstration the subjects are in- 
jected with four different drugs — amphetamine, 
barbiturate, a major tranquilizer and strychnine. 
The body effects are studied and described for the 

The slide presentation includes a history of 
drug abuse and the current drugs in use — 
"uppers" and "downers," hallucinogens and nar- 

"We as health professionals feel that it is also 
to our benefit to increase public awareness con- 
cerning abuse of drugs," Miss Bucan said. 

Participants in the program were fourth- and 
fifth-year pharmacy students. 

ASHLAND, Ohio, April 19— Seven Ashland Col- 
lege professors have been selected Outstanding 
Educators of America for 1974 on the basis of 
their professional and civic achievements. 

Named to the honor were Dr. Gene Telego, asso- 
ciate professor of education and supervisor of 
student teaching; Dr. Martha Radabaugh, asso- 
ciate professor of education; Dr. Marion Blue, 
associate professor of education; Dr. Bernard 
Henniger, associate professor of earth science; 
Dr. Richard D. Kriens, professor of chemistry; Dr. 
David P. Loyd, director of the division of business 
administration and economics and Dr. Thomas 
Shockney, assistant to the vice president for 
academic affairs. 

Outstanding Educators of America is an annual 
awards program honoring distinguished men and 
women for their exceptional service, achievements, 
and leadership in the field of education. They are 
Usted in the national awards volume published 

Nominations for the program are made by the 
officials of colleges and universities. Their selec- 
tion guidelines include an educator's talents in the 
classroom, contributions to research, administra- 
tive abilities, civic service and professional 

All Conference Banquet . . . August 16th . . . 
event of the year! 

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Abraham was a great man. He was the leader 
of his people, the chief. He was rich, too. He had 
many flocks of sheep and herds of cattle, and 
m.any servants to care for them. In those days a 
chief would live with his people in one place until 
the sheep and cattle had eaten all the grass in 
the fields nearby, and then they would move on 
to another place. Because of that the people lived 
in tents that were easy to take down and move. 

Although Abraham was very wealthy, there was 
one thing he wanted more than any other. He and 
his wife Sarah wanted a baby — a son. God had 
told them that some day they would have a son. 
And so they waited and waited and waited. 

At last, one happy day, their son was born. He 
was pink and wrinliled, and he spent most of his 
time sleeping, just as all babies do. 

"He is beautiful," said Sarah. 

"His name shall be Isaac," said Abraham. "We 
must teach him to be wise and good. We must 
teach him to love God and do what is right. Some- 
day he will be the leader of our people." 

Sarah and Abraham bowed their heads. "Thank 
You, God," they prayed. "Thank You for our son, 

The days passed and Isaac grew bigger. When 
Sarah carried him outside the tent, the children 
came running to see the baby. Little Isaac held out 
his hand and smiled. When his father lifted him 
high in his strong arms, baby Isaac laughed out 

Then came the day when Isaac took his first 
steps. Soon he was learning to say words and to 
put words together into short sentences. 

Before long Isaac had grown so big that he 
didn't want to stay by his mother's side all day. 
As soon as he was up and dressed he wanted to 
be out playing with the other children. 

One day Sarah and Abraham watched Isaac 
playing with the other children. "See how big he 
is getting,' said Sarah. "He is no longer a baby." 

Abraham nodded. "Yes, his baby days are over. 
Let's have a party to show everyone how big our 
son is now." 

So Abraham and Sarah planned a party for 
Isaac. Everyone was invited. 

As the people came they bowed before Abraham 
their chief and Isaac his son. There was music 
and singing. There was a table filled with good 
things to eat. It was a happy, happy time. 

Isaac continued to grow. Before long he was 
big enough to go with his father each day. He 
saw how wisely Abraham ruled the j)eople. He 
listened as Abraham taught them to love God and 
do what was right. 

Isaac watched and listened and learned. He was 
the son of the chief. Someday he would be the 
leader of the people. He wanted to grow up to be 
a good leader — as good a leader as his father 

— Based on Genesis 21:1-8 

Memory Scripture: II Timothy 3:16a 

May 18, 1974 

Page Twenty-one 


It was Sunday morning. People were coming 
to the Jones for the morning services. 

"Hello, Jack," said Jose. 

"Hello," answered Jack. "I'm counting the peo- 
ple. You make 29." 

"Dad was talking yesterday about trying to 
find a building to use for a church," said Jack. 
"It will be difficult to find one. Many people 
won't rent to evangelicos — especially for a church." 

"Look," said Jose. "Here comes Antonio Maro 
and his family." 

"Great!" replied Jack. "This is the third week 
they've oome to the services." 

Rev. Jones began playing the guitar and the 
people quieted down for the opening of Sunday 

At the close of the church service when Rev. 
Jones asked who would like to accept Jesus as 
Savior, Jack gasped in happy surprise. Antonio, 
Juan and their parents stood up. Only a month 
ago Juan and his father were at their door shout- 
ing angerly. And a short time before that Antonio 
had been calling him names. 

The people sang the closing hymn and Rev. 
Jones gave the benediction. 

The Maro family wedted until everyone else 
left. Then Mr. Maro said, "Rev. Jones, you do 
not have enough room to invite more people to 
the services." 

Rev. Jones shook his head. "I know. I'm looking 
for another building to use. So far I haven't been 
able to find one." 

"I own the store building next to my home," 
said Mr. Maro. "It is empty now. Do you think it 
would be suitable for a church?" 

"It would be just what we need," said Rev. 
Jones. "What is the rent for it?" 

"More than you can pay," said Mr. Maro. 

Jack noticed a twinkle in his eyes. 

"I want you to use it rent free for one year," 
continued Mr. Maro. 

"That is very generous of you," said Rev. Jones. 

"No," replied Mr. Maro. "I have been unkind 
to you and I frightened your family badly when 
you were gone. I want you to know I'm truly 
sorry. The building is yours for one year. Come 
tomorrow morning at 10:00. We will see what 
remodeling needs to be done to change a store 
into a church. Good-by." 

Jack and his parents watched the Maro family 

"I never would have believed the night Mr. 
Maro and Juan were shouting at our door that 
he would be giving us a church," said Mom. 

"God does take care of us and gives us what 
we need," said Jack. 

"Amen!" added Rev. Jones. 

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The Lord surely blessed on the visit west to 
our California and Arizona churches and the new 
Spanish language Mission work. 

I arrived in Tucson early in January and was 
met at the Tucson National Airpwrt by Rev. Clar- 
ence StogsdUl and Bill Curtis. We visited while 
we drove to the Tucson parsonage where I was 
delighted to make the acquaintance of Pastor 
StogsdUl's wife, Wilma, and their son, Rodger. 

Later Clarence drove me around to meet some 
of the laymen of the Tucson church. Jim Burk, 
who is identified in one of the pictures, is a 6 foot 
plus, good natured, energetic Christian. Jim is in 
the Real Estate Development business and we 
enjoyed our visit in his office. Another interesting 
layman that we visited in his place of business 
was Dave Forman, formerly of North Liberty, 
Indiana. Dave does electrical work on airplane 
instrument panels. His compemy rebuilds twin 
engined Beechcraft planes for individual use, 
customizing I guess you would call it. They had 
a large number on the floor and can lengthen 

them, install turbojet engines, alter cargo capac- 
ities, and equip them with elaborate automatic 
navigation instruments. Bill Curtis also enjoyed 
this visit because of his exi>erience and interest 
in flying. 

We then went to see a beautiful little white 
chapel in the Mexican area. The chapel is for sale 
and BUI thinks it may be the location needed. The 
asking price is in the neighborhood of $23,000. 
We finished the afternoon with a visit with a 
Mexican family. Bill read scripture and offered 
prayer in Spanish. 

On Friday of the week we had a meeting with 
some of the laymen of the church. We gave a 
brief talk on the Laymen's organization, outlining 
some of our past, present, and future projects, 
and supplied them with N.L.O. goal sheets and 
constitutions. I encouraged them to organize and 
become involved in our national work as well as 
all the things they can do to assist the local work. 
They were assured that all eyes would be on the 
work in Tucson since the Curtises are being in- 
cluded in our N.L.O. project for the Spanish 
Bi-Lingual Mission. 

May 18, 1974 

Pag^e Twenty-three 


New Year's Eve was an exciting occasion for 
President Jim Payne as he celebrated with the 
youth at the Stockton Brethren Church. Some 
42 youth, In attendance for the occasion, were 
served with a delicious banquet by the men of the 
district, dressed in party hats, an appropriate cos- 
tume, and a smile. At 9:00 the kids were joined 
by the adults for a New Year's program and the 
evening was climaxed by a full Communion Ser- 
vice at the midnight hour. President Payne says 
he was honored and privileged to be present and 
in such a service at the time he officially assumed 
office as National Layman President for 1974-75. 

Earlier in the week Jim enjoyed a Layman- 
Ministers Banquet at the Tracy church. A fine 
number of men responded and the fellowship was 

The New Year was begun by joining with BiU 
Hubble, a devoted, active layman of Lathrop, in a 
visitation venture. Jim and Brother Hubble visited 
a new Christian, some prospects and a faithful 
worker, Bob Hoover, who has his own Gospel 
Tract Display where he works and is a strong, 
cheerful witness in spite of some adversity. 

"There are many good laymen in the California 
district and we will be expecting to hear more 
from them." — Jim Payne 


The Oakhill Laymen, West Virginia, are meeting 
monthly in the homes of their members and set a 
new attendance record for the third straight month 
in February. They are working on a project of 
visiting in the various rest homes in the area to 
conduct worship services. The Officers this year 
are: President — Burl Burton, Vice President — 
Harry Payne, Secretary-Treasurer — BiU Buskus. 
* * * 

The Spring Rally of the Pennsylvania District 
Laymen was held at Jones MUls April 19. We 
hope to have a detailed report for you soon. 

THE ARDMORE Laymen have an extensive 
program. Take a look at this: Father and Son 

Banquet, Pancake & Sausage Supper, Subsidize 
EVANGELIST subscriptions, purchase a Sound 
System, Annual Corn & Sausage Supper, help 
serve the Mother-Daughter Banquet, Ten Dollar 
Club Members, and services at the Hope Rescue 
Mission. Can you top that? 
* * * 

Smithville, Ohio Laymen also put on a Pancake 
Supper and a very successful HOBBY NIGHT. 
Nearly 100 attended to see displays of Coins, 
Stamps, Watch Fobs, Rocks, Magazines, Cook- 
books, Antiques, Dolls, Music, Knitting, Scuba 
Diving, Model Plane buUding and flying. Candy 
Making, Medals, and many others. A comment: 
"You name it and there was a display about it." 

WANTED!! 12 MEN!! 




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A capacity audience was thrilled at the pealing 
organ sounds which Mr. Bill Fasig brought forth 
from the new Allen Digital Computer Organ 
(System 301) which was dedicated Palm Sunday 
evening, April 7 at 7:30 P.M. at Manchester First 
Brethren Church. 

Mr. Fasig is not unknown to the Brethren 
Church, as he seived for 12 years in the Argen- 
tine CAVE A ministry; he became known to the 
Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, and is 
currently working full time with the crusade min- 
istries. We were fortunate to find a time when he 
oould "work in" this dedicatory concert. He pre- 
sented the concert in two parts: The Allen Organ 
in Classics, and the Allen Organ in Sacred Music 
— most of which was the rendition of requests 
from the audience. His friendly manner was most 
pleasing to his listeners, but did not detract from 
his artistic ability which displayed the fantastic 
possibilities of the Allen Organ. 

The 25-voice Choir assisted in the evening ser- 
vice by singing Young's "Come, Praise The Lord!" 
as an introit, and contributed to responsive scrip- 
ture by singing the 100th Psalm as written by 

Mueller. At the organist's intermission, they sang 
Posegate's "Holy, Lord of Hosts," text of which is 
taken from Revelation. Sharing his beautiful tenor 
voice with us was a former member of the con- 
gregation, Mr. Gary Jackson, who now resides 
at North Charleston, Ohio. Gary was formerly 
a soloist with the famed Purdue Glee Club. 

It is our prayer that this Memorial Organ will 
be a lasting commemoration of our loved ones 
for many years to come, and that it will be a 
means of our expression of praise and worship to 
God through the inspiration of music. 

Guests were present from many of our sister 
churches in Indiana, some of whom we recognized 
from Roanoke, Milford, New Paris, Brighton 
Chapel, as weU as local people from surrounding 
non-Brethren churches. 

May 18, 1974 

Pag-e Twenty-five 


Based upon oommunity and professional contri- 
butions over the past several years, the national 
organization of Outstanding Young Women of 
America has recognized Miss Barbara Jane Fitz- 
water of Mathias, West Virginia, as an Outstand- 
ing Young of 1973. 

In recognition of past achievements and service 
in the field of education, Mrs. Annabelle F. Vance 
has been selected as an Outstanding Educator In 
America and is listed in the 1973-74 edition of 

Janie is a Sunday School teacher and pianist in 
the Mathias Brethren Church. She is also active 
in the work of the Southeastern District of the 
Brethren Church serving as assistant secretary, 
secretary of the Board of Christian Education, and 
Patroness for the Sisterhood. 

Not only is she an active member of the Mathias 
Home Demonstration Club, she is always willing 
to lend a helping hand to other oommunity organ- 
izations which include the Fire Company and 

Janie has served as leader of the Bowman 4-H 
Club for three years and prior to that she was 
an assistant leader. Her other 4-H activities in- 
clude serving on the Hardy County Extension 
Service Committee, and serving as an IFYE con- 
sultant for the Hardy County 4-H Leaders. She 
was inducted into the West Virginia All-Stars at 
the fall 4-H Leaders' Conference at Jackson's MUl 
State 4-H Camp. 

She is an elementary teacher in the Hardy Coun- 
ty School system and has served as treasurer of 
the Hardy County Education Association and sec- 
retary of the County Association of Classroom 
Teachers' Association. 

She is a member of the faculty of Wardensville 
School where she has taught the third grade for 
the past six years. 

AnnabeUe graduated from Mathias High School 
in 1954 as valedictorian of her class. She entered 
West Virginia University in the fall of 1954 and 
received a Bachelor of Music degree in music ed- 
ucation in June 1958. Having returned to the 
University for many summer sessions, she has 
added an additional major in the field of English 
and is presently working towards a Master's 

She has taught in Paw Paw, West Virgina, 
Fauquier County, Virginia, and is currently teach- 
ing music and English at Mathias High School 
where her husband Jim is also a teacher and 

She is active in local church and community ac- 
tivities and is often called upon to lend a hand to 
community organizations of which she is not an 
active member. She is also serving as secretary 
of the Southeastern District Conference of the 
Brethren Church as well as the secretary of the 
Mathias Brethren Church. 

Eight-year old Johnny, saying Grace at Break- 
fast, ended wdth "We thank you for this beautiful 
day." His mother, knowing that it was raining, 
said, "Johnny, this day is anything but beautiful." 
He replied, "Mother, you should never judge a 
day by its weather." 

Wayne Heights Highlights 

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Five hundred twenty-five Brethren from the 
Indiana District held a great celebration at North 
Manchester April 23. This was the largest single 
gathering of the Brethren in Indiana for a long, 
long time. The greatest thing about the anniver- 
sary celebration was not the great crowd but the 
great spirit! The people were filled with prayer, 
praise, and thanksgiving! 

The theme of the program was: 250th Anniver- 
sary in America— THE BRETHREN CHURCH— 
FOR A GREAT FUTURE—? The question mark 
symbolized each person and his commitment to 
the future. In other words, the future of the 
Brethren Church is directly dependent upon the 
spiritual life, commitment, and witness of each 
member of the church. At the conclusion of the 
service, Dr. Charles Munson spoke about the 
heritage of the church beginning at Schwarzenau. 
He challenged the guests with the proud heritage 
and the future — "The fields are white unto har- 
vest. . . ." The invitation was extended to the 
young people to commit their lives to full-time 
Christian ministry. Approximately thirty-five 
young men and women committed their lives to 
Christ, the Christian ministry, and the church. 

Dr. Munson covenanted himself with others who 
are willing to pray daily and specifically for "lab- 
orers" for the "fields which are white unto har- 
vest." A great evening, a great conclusion! 

The churches of the District participated in the 
fellowship meal. Some churches brought fruit 
trays, others brought relish trays, and some 
brought the homemade bread: together with the 
food prepared by the local church, there was 
created a genuine fellowship meal. Christian fel- 
lowship and "koinonia" was formed by each par- 
ticipating in this way. 

The success of this historic event was also made 
possible by the North Manchester Church and 

their pastor. Rev. Woodrow Immel. The coopera 
tion of this church and the local school official; 
was simply marvelous! The new life and renewa 
of this church is evident not only in the genera 
life of the church but in the specific ministrie; 
of young people, Bible classes, etc. The volunteer; 
from North Manchester Church, as well as fron 
Warsaw and Jefferson, were hosts and hostesse; 
at the many tables. Again, it was only because o: 
willing Christian services on the part of thes< 
people which made the evening possible. 

May 18, 1974 

Page Twenty-seven 

The program included special music from the 
churches of the districts. Mr. and Mrs. Trump, 
ladies trio from Nappanee, "The Regeneration" 
singing ensemble from Teegarden, a youth chorus 
from Warsaw, and Mr. Mark Baker from Man- 
chester. Mr. Bob Kropf and Carol Wogoman led 
the celebration in singing. 

The gathering together of over five hundred 
Brethren people to celebrate the anniversary and 
heritage of the church speaks for itself. It is a 
demonstration of the firm belief, not only of a 
proud heritage but of a power-filled future. Young 
people, young adults, young married couples, as 
well as adults and senior citizens were all repre- 
sented at this event. The church in this age, as 
in every age, is the "family of God." It was the 
Savior Jesus Christ who called God His Father, 
which means that those who believe and are com- 
mitted to Him are a "brotherhood." May the 
abounding grace and the abiding peace of the Lord 
be manifest in the heart and the life of the Breth- 
ren Church. — A proud heritage — pray for a great 


EINSIEDEIN, Switzerland (EP)— As exiled 
Nobel laureate Alexander Solzhenitsyn stopped 
here to pray in an ancient Roman Catholic abbey, 
observers speculated on whether he would accept 
an invitation to spend some time in Jerusalem. 

It was considered a good possibility that if the 
Soviet author accepted Mayor Teddy KoUek's in- 
vitation, he might visit the Holy City at Easter in 
order to attend celebrations at Gethsemane Con- 
vent, which belongs to the Russian Orthodox 
Church Outside Russia. 

Mr. Solzhenitsyn has had no official contacts 
with the convent, but he has been critical of the 
relationship between the Orthodox Church in 
Russia and the Soviet government, particularly in 
his famous "Lenten Letter" of 1972. 

On his visit to the cathedral town here, 25 miles 
southwest of Zurich, the writer prayed in the 
Roman Catholic Abbey of Our Lady of Hermits. 

As he walked in the abbey garden, he told re- 
porters, "Only four days ago I was in the Lefortovo 
Prison accused of being a traitor to my mother- 
land. They kept hold of me like a prisoner and 
each step I took they accompanied me. I did not 
know where I was going." 

Mr. Solzhenitsyn recalled that when he was 
sent into exile in West Germany, "I was surprised 
when I saw a plaque saying 'Frankfurt am Main' " 
at the airport. 

"It was then I realized I was free," he added. 
"It was most extraordinary." 


LANCASTER, Pa. (EP)— The current surge of 
interest in the occult and spiritism could lead 
people to unwittingly play into the hands of the 
devil, the Lancaster Mennonite Conference warned 

A resolution passed by the group warned be- 
lievers not to be fooled by the current fad and 
expose themselves to Satan's wiles. 

The resolution was one of five passed during 
the one-day meeting of some 500 bishops, minis- 
ters, deacons and holders of ministerial permits 
at the Weaverland Mennonite Church. 

The other resolutions concerned the food crisis, 
jewelry, social drinking and spiritual maturity. 

The Mennonites saw the rise of interest in 
occultism as stemming from the feeling of help- 
lessness and loneliness which "results from ma- 
terialistic philosophy wliich limits reality to the 
physical world." 


SINGAPORE (EP)— A gift of $1,000 was dis- 
patched by the Singapore district of the Chinese 
Methodist Conference to a low income Spanish- 
speaking congregation at Grand Prairie, Texas, 
marking an historic switch in the flow of mission 

Dr. Howard Brinton of the United Methodist 
Board of Global Ministries, believed it was the 
first time in his denomination that money was 
sent from overseas churches to help a U.S. church. 

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Ue/t JQoila% L/tJitr 

The TEN DOLLAR CLUB is for people who 
have a special interest in Church Extension and 
want to have a part in starting new Brethren 
Churches. Not more than twice a year a call goes 
out from the Missionary Board of the Brethren 
Church to the club members for a new church or 
a relocation of a small but growing church that 
needs the relocation for success. The members 
respond with a gift of ten dollars or more for 
this purpose although, since this is not a legal 
contract, occasionally members who are passing 
through personal financial difficulties are unable 
to respond and this is their option. 

Some members of the club have multiple mem- 
berships, that is when a call goes out they respond 
regularly with much more than ten dollars. How- 
ever we value every member of the club because 
it is together that we can help these young church- 
es — groups which alone would struggle many 
extra years if it were not for the help of the TEN 

If you would like to be a member, write the 
Missionary Board, 530 College Avenue, Ashland, 
Ohio 44805 for more information or send your ten 
dollars for the current call which is for the new 
church in Bradenton, Florida along with a note 
saying you would like to be a member of this 
elite group of church builders called the TEN 

We welcome into the club the following new 
members during 1973: 

Beverly Baer Goshen 

Mrs. Isabelle Cochran Pittsburgh 

Rev. and Mrs. Stephen S. Cole . . North Liberty 

Mrs. Arlie Collins Lathrop 

Jean A. Conlon Massillon 

Mr. and Mrs. Vester Cox Lathrop 

Ted Creswell Lathrop 

Artie Elliott Lathrop 

Mac Freeman Lathrop 

Charles Grinder Vandergrift 

Robert Hoover Lathrop 

Mr. and Mrs. Donald Huse Manteca 

Mr. and Mrs. Emery R. Kridler .... Vandergrift 

Mrs. Delia Laughlin Wayne Heights 

Miss Mary Agnes Laughlin .... Wayne Heights 

Rev. and Mrs. Norman D. Long Pittsburgh 

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Lowmaster . . Vandergrift 
Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Mellott .... Wayne Heights 

William L. Mellott Hagerstown 

Harry Meyers Berlin 

Dorothy Overcast Lathrop 

Edna Peoples Lathrop 

Post Grads S. S. Class Wayne Heights 

Joe Schlegel Wayne Heights 

Margaret E. Smith Wayne Heights 

Mr. and Mrs. John Snyder > Hagerstown 

Harry Tiger Vandergrift 

Melvin E. Walker Vandergrift 

Susan Whitted Park St. - Ashland 

May 18, 1974 

Pagfe Twenty-nine 


The Rev. Ben Pearson, founder and president emeritus of World Gos- 
pel Crusade, passed this article on to me. Ben and his zuife were mission- 
aries to Colombia and Brazil for many years, so he writes from personal 

I am sharing Ben's message with you in the hope that ive may all real- 
ize in our own lives the sort of prayer that releases the infinite might of 
God. Perhaps we have been underestimating God's poiver; perhaps none 
of us has been praying big enough. 

— Frank A. (Uncle Frank) Ineson 
In ternational Intercessors 

When Mrs. Charles E. Cowman, author of 
STREAMS IN THE DESERT, visited Colombia in 
1945, it was on the verge of La Violencia, a time 
of political and social disturbances in which some 
300,000 persons were murdered. Political passions, 
the spirit of personal vendetta and the traditions 
of a gun-pulling, machete-swinging society made 
possible settUng all differences, even those which 
were religious, by violent means. 

One so gentle, so filled with divine love as Mrs. 
Cowman found it difficult to believe what was 
happening. However, day by day the inescapable 
realities of a ruthless political situation in which 
ecclesiastical authorities participated began to 
dawn upon her. But this could not quench her 
vibrancy nor dim her radiant faith. 

One day as gospel singer and composer BiU 
GiUam was driving Mrs. Cowman past the Metro- 
politan Cathedral in Medellin, she said, "Bill, some 
day you wall preach there!" It seemed impossible 
that one who knew Colombia could make such a 
statement, but Mrs. Cowman also knew God! 

In a devotional hour she said, "We read in God's 
Word that the Lord 'shall strike through kings 
in the day of his wrath' (Psalms 110:5J. King 
means the seat of government. And what is the 
seat of government of the politico-religious forces 
here? Is it not in Rome? Should we not pray that 
God will strike through Rome to transform this 

Today this may not seem as astonishing as it 
did then. It was then like expecting righteouness 
in America through the Mafia or suggesting that 
Ulster would be the source of i>eace and goodwill 
for the British Isles. 

Events immediately following this seemed to 
mock Mrs. Cowman's faith — things became much 
worse. Had God forgotten? No! He was just pre- 
paring the instrument for answering her prayer 
and the prayers of thousands of others for greater 
freedom to proclaim the gospel. 

In 1958 a pope had to be elected. Neither liberals 
nor conservatives in the College of Cardinals 
could muster enough votes for their candidate. 
As an interim expedient, an older man was selected 
as a caretaker pope. Cardinal Roncalli became 
Pope John XXIII. Someone has said, "He took 
more care of the Roman church in five years 
than others had in the previous 400 years." 

One phrase summarized his attitudes: "Prot- 
estants are separated brethren." It expressed un- 
derstanding, sympathy. Christian regard and 
appreciation; soft as the sun's rays, and as pow- 
erful, it began melting the rigid hatreds that had 
prevailed. Antipathies began to be replaced by 
dialogue and comprehension. Archbishops even 
proclaimed that Catholics might purchase and 
study the Protestant Bible. To those who had lived 
through the period of violence this seemed a mir- 
acle worthy of the first century Church. 

{continued on next page) 

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Later, Catholic Bible Week was begun — in 
Medellin, Colombia, "The Little Rome of South 
America!" Protestant ministers of the gospel were 
asked to take part. A Presbyterian minister, the 
Reverend Jaime Ortiz, was invited to speak at 
the Antioquia University on the subject, "Chris- 
tian Unity in the Gospels." In the packed audi- 
torium sat the governor and political figures, the 
archbishop and members of the hierai'chy, the 
faculty and students. This was the university 
from which, ten years before, Ortiz was expelled 
for owning and reading a New Testament. 
Incredible ! 

But is not faith and what God can accomplish 
always incredible to us? And did not the Lord 
God Almighty ask long ago, "Is anything too 
hard for God?" (Jer. 32:27). 

Are we asking God for things too small, toe 
much on the surface? Might we not take hold oi 
nations by prayer? Could only David, Jehosha 
phat, Jeremiah and Daniel, Peter, John and Paxi 
expect such mighty works? However irresistibk 
the enemy may appear, however fantastic others 
may think our prayers, does not our Lord throw 
Himself wide open to our intercession? — "any 
thing in my Name." Can He not again "work a 
work in our days which ye will not believe, though 
it be told you?" (Hab. 1:5). 

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"God zapped the bread!" said Johnny after he 
had participated in some extemporaneous drama 
as the little boy who took his lunch to see Jesus 
on the hillside. Johnny had offered his lunch (a 
little unwillingly ) of 5 mini-loaves and 2 fish (cut 
from baloney I when Jesus, played by Pastor 

Lersch, asked the disciples how they would feec 
the immense crowd gathered. And 12 basketsfu 
were gathered after the crowd had eaten fron 
Johnny's lunch. Of course some pretending wa: 
necessary, but Johnny's comment indicated hi: 
understanding of the miracle performed by Jesus 
God did indeed ZAP the bread. A 1974 expressior 
of a timeless truth. "I'm going to teU Mom wha 
happened to her lunch," Johnny told one of th< 
other picnickers as he left the scene. 

"I just came here to warm myself by the fire,' 
retorted Peter (played by 10-year-old Sherry), "'. 
don't know this Jesus you're talking about!" Jus 
then 3-year-old Donna, perched on a stool nearbj 
crowed, "Cock-a-doodle doo." And Peter turnec 
toward the house (window of Brethren House) t( 
see Jesus looking at him. This was another occa 
sion for creative drama on Sunday morning. Foui 
children had heard the story of Peter's three de 
nials. The two banners suspended from the cell 
ing advertised the day's considerations — "BE 
TRAYAL" and "DENIAL." Now these childrei 
were taking turns being Peter and the questioner; 
in the courtyard where Jesus was being examined 
The personality of each child enacting the scen< 
shone through their characterizations, but thi 
basic truth of the story from the Bible remainec 
intact. As they dramatized they were ingraininj 
this account into their memories and hopefulh 
their lives. 

Puppets cut from colorful felt are also goot 
aids in summarizing and e.xpressing Bible stories 
In order to prepare the puppet show, the student; 
must go over all of the details of the story- 
settings, time changes, characters, actions, dia 
logue, narration. In order to present the story tc 
others, the puppeteers must be certain of th( 
story themselves. And the audience is usually 
sufficiently interested to pay close attention 
Since those manipulating the puppets are hidden 
many children will try this who won't exposf 
themselves to the risk of being laughed at in.othei 
kinds of drama. 

— Jean 

May 18, 1974 

Page Thirty-one 


Pastor Phil Lersch, Chairman 
Brethren World Relief Commitf-ee 

A Special Hospital Ward 

Two years ago John (our son) and I visited the 
Hoa Khanh Children's Hospital just outside 
DaNang, South Vietnam. (You'll probably recall 
some of the pictures and previous reports.) 

The scenes are still quite vivid . . . what we 
saw as we walked among the 100 bed-bound chil- 
dren patients that April morning. Of particular 
intereest was the "Bum Care Unit," where we 
observed two kids receiving treatment for ugly 
burn damage. 

Just recently I read additional information in 
World Relief Commission literature about the 
specialized treatment of burned patients at Hoa 

The bum ward, only air conditioned room at 
Hoa Khanh Children's Hospital, holds 16 children. 
Bums, which make up lOVc of the hospital case 
load, are caused by accidents with boiling water, 
explosion of kerosene stoves, and occasionally 
from weapons (although not napalm damage as 
might be suspected ) . Many stoves explode because 
of the use of black-market "kerosene," which is 
often a low grade of gasoline and too explosive 
for average home use. The kids then suffer. 

Bums require extensive skin grafting. The hos- 
pital's high degree of "takes" (successful grafts) 
has become known throughout Vietnam and pa- 
tients are referred from other hospitals. Much 
credit goes to the diminutive head nurse known 
as Gwen, Mrs. Nguyen Thi Khang, who is a para- 
medic trained by U.S. Navy doctors and orthopedic 
surgeons when the Marines founded the hospital. 
(It is now owned and operated by WRC.) Gwen 
was a seamstress when the doctors discovered 
her in 1965. 

In a letter to Dr. Robert Long, Medical Director, 
from Dr. John Constable, plastic surgeon in burn 
care at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, 
he said: "I was extraordinarily impressed by my 
visit to your burn ward. Your fame wall spread 
far in U.S. burn circles." 
A Poem 

The first evening our tour group arrived at our 
Saigon hotel we were met and greeted by Stu 
Willcuts, WRC staff member in Vietnam, £md his 
lovely new bride. Stu made all the arrangements 
for our two-day Vietnam visit and escorted us to 
all formal and informal appointments wdth great 

Here is a poem written by Mrs. Willcuts, now 
that she is better acquainted with the work at Hoa 
Khanh Hospital. The title? "Burn Patches." 
See him there — 

someone's contribution to humanity. 
Once a laughing, lively product of love. 
Once he played tag with others. 
Once he jumped and ran 

. . . and cried when he fell. 
But see htm now and you cry, too. 
To see what happened — 

results of fire, 
Of bums that hurt 

but hurt no more. 
Who is this chUd? 
He is one of thousands — yes, 

there are many like him. 
Children who once had smooth, 

dark skin. 
And now have skin of patches. 
A Life 
Eleven-year-old Thiet was brought into Hoa 
Khanh Hospital with third degree bums of his 
face, neck, chest, left arm and hand, caused by 
boiling water. Emergency measures to save his 
life were followed by extensive skin grafts. 

Thiet had never even heard the name of Jesus, 
but through the love shown him by the Christian 
staff and by Bible stories and conversation with 
Mr. Ai, the chaplain, he came to understand who 
Jesus is. One day he went to Mr. Ai and as they 
prayed together, Thiet became a Christian. 

He became the bum ward morale builder, tell- 
ing the children of God's love, who loves them 
even if they are scarred or deformed. 
These are eternal dividends! 

— St Petersburg, Florida 


Thiei i^ ikui- rotiiintfulih , hapijy and on the 

road to recovery at 

Hoa Khanh Children's Hospital. 

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No. 12 




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Executive Committee 

Elton Whitted, Chairman; Mrs. Michael Drushal; Mrs. Jerry Flora 

In TWs Issue: 

3 There Is Only One You (Guest Editorial) 

by Winston O. Abbott 

4 Missionary News 

8 The Brethren Layman 

9 NAE Convention News 

10 The Answer Is Obvious 

by Dr. Charles Munson 

11 In Memorium 

Rev. Lester E. Myers 

12 V.B.S. — Bah Humburg? 

by Mary Ellen Drushal 

13 Moderator's Manna 

Rev. Paul Steiner 

14 Ministerial Student Aid Emphasis 

Feature Articles 

18 Board of Christian Education 

(Part II of Summer Crusadeers 

27 World Relief Report 

Rev. Phil Lersch 

28 News From The Brethren 

29 Church News 

30 Sisterhood 




Due to Umitations stated in postal regulations 
pertaining to the BRETHREN EVANGELIST 
issues and to the print shop vacation there will 
not be an issue of the magazine for dates June 
15 and July 13. 


Page 44 Rev. J. Milton Bowman 

Member: Nappanee (instead of Newark) 

Area Code Correction, pg. 42 

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Phone (302) 684-4512 


Lyon, Thoburn C. Page 45 


A tender stem 

nudged its way 
through crusted soil 

seeking, searching 
the morning dew 
to quench its thirst, 

only to thirst again. 

A Samaritan womsm 
nudged her way 
through prejudice 

seeking, searching 
the Morning Dew 
to quench her thirst, 

never to thirst again. 

by Rev. Joe Hanna 

(Editor's note: This poem was inspiret 
by the preparation of a Bible study by Rev 
Hanna based on John 4-) 

June 1, 1974 

Page Three 

By ihG Way 





by Winston O. Abbol-t 

There will never be, m this whole vast world, 
another person exactly Uke yourself. And before 
you laugh off that truth wdth a casual shrug and 
"perhaps that's a good thing," you had better pause 
for a moment to realize the impact of those few 
simple words. You are an individual. You are 
unique. You are one of a kind. 

Only you can fill your particular place in the 
world in which you live. You are endowed wdth 
a personality that belongs to no one else. You have 
talents, great or small, that are priceless if used 
to their fullest. You have intelligence and the 
ability to make your own decisions. 

You can believe that their is a master pattern 
of order and purpose for the world. Or, If you 
choose, you may believe that anything you do can 
make no difference to yourself or to others. If you 
choose to believe the latter in the face of all the 
evidence to the contrary, you are foolish as well 
as unique. You have unlimited opportunity to 
work for a better world and, incidentally, to dis- 
cover real happiness for yourself. 

A few moments of sincere thought should con- 
vince you that you are really quite a person. You 
can be considerate and kind and sympathetic or 
you can be the proverbial "pain in the neck." You 
can look for and perform your share of the world's 
work or you can sit back in an easy chair and 
WEUt for the world to grant you a living — at the 
expense of somebody else. 

You are given countless other choices. You can 
grumble and gripe and complain that you really 
never had a chance or you can do your own job 
better than it was done yesterday and create your 
own opportunities. 

You can read good literature and improve your 
mind with the best thoughts of the world's think- 
ers and philosophers or you can pick up some 
trashy novel and pore over it in some secret place. 

You can devote your energies to accumulating a 
lot of cash for your heirs to fight over at some 
later date or you can learn the joy of sharing and 
find abundance beyond your fondest dreams. There 
is an immutable law of our universe that all you 
take with you when you leave is what you have 
given away. You are without doubt the most im- 
portant person that you will ever chance to know, 
and so you must accept the responsibilities that 
are inherent in your greatness. You can make no 
alibis or excuses that will stand up under the prob- 
ing of your own connscience. You must leave this 
world some day — with the world being a bit better 
or a bit worse for your living. There is only one 

Reprinted ivith permission from the Sum- 
mer 1972 issue of The LUTHERAN Digest. 

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by Kenneth L. Solomon 

The Solomons its they arrived in Colombia 
less than one year ago. 

In our last messages before the Ohio Conference 
delegates and then to the Park Street Congregation 
we felt led of the Lord to appeal to the Brethren 
to, in the words of the Apostle Paul, "pray also 
for us, that God would open unto us a door of 
utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ . . ." 
(Col. 4:3) In this report I wish to share with you 
how marvelously God has answered the prayers 
of you who responded to this api>eal and of those 
of you who never have forgotten to pray for your 


This was the door of the many taxis and buses 
that were opened to us as we traveled on public 
transportation here in Medellin. Inside these ve- 
hicles we have found many, many Colombians who 
have opened to us the doors of their hearts and 
have eagerly received our spoken testimony and 
the many written Gospel messages in tract form. 


In answer to your prayers God opened the door 
of opportunity for witnessing to the hotel person- 

nel and the waiters in the restaurants where we 
had to eat until we found a house to rent. 


We found this one to be the doors of the homes 
and the hearts of our neighbors. They have re- 
sponded far beyond our expectation ("O ye of little 
faith" we often quote to ourselves). We reluctantly 
left our friends in Argentina, but God again has 
fulfilled His wonderful promise: "THERE IS NO 
LIFE. (Mark 10:29, 30) 


As a member of the Ashland, Ohio Evening 
Lion's club I found a wide open door in one of 
Medellin's Lion Clubs. After one of the meetings 
at least six of the members gave me an ample 
opportunity to preach to them the Gospel of our 
Lord as they plied me with all kinds of questions. 
Most of our ministry here has been of this "dia- 
logue" type of responding to the spiritual needs 
of the people. Then on various occasions, I have 
been given a wide open door to the hearts of in- 
dividual members as we had contact before or 
after the meetings. One member, has even accept- 
ed the invitation (given to all) to drop by our 
house for Bible Study. He, and various others of 
the members, live just a few blocks from our 


In order not to tire you too much I shall include 
in this category the open door found in contact 
with the children of our neighborhood, the em- 
ployees of the bank, of the grocery store, of the 
furniture stores, etc. I THANK GOD FOR YOUR 

June 1, 1974 Page Five 


During the current school year Riverside Christian Training School at Lost 
Creek has hosted an exchange student from Venezuela. We have asked him to give 
us a little information about his life and plans for the future. 

Ivan Alfonzo Yamarfe 

My name is Ivan Alfonzo Yamarfe. I am 
writing a little about my life in Venezuela 
and since coming to the United States. I come 
from a family of five; one brother, one sis- 
ter, my parents and myself. My father is 53, 
my mother 4-1, my older brother 2U, my sis- 
ter 22, and I ami 18. My oldest brother is 
married and has a one year old son. Both he 
and his wife tvork. My sister tvorks and is 
a student and lives at home as she is single. 
My father ivorks with household cleaning 
articles and my mother takes care of the 
home. All live in Venezuela. 

I have come to the United States princi- 
jxdly because I want to learn English but 
also for a change in environment and cus- 
toms, and to make new friends. Also so that 
ivhen I return I migh be able to support my- 
self in some way since my parents cannot 
keep me all of my life. As I groiv older their 
lives become shorter and they will not be 
able to give me the things I desire and need. 

I have attended church since I ivas eight 
years old. In Venezuela I attended the "Free 
Evangelical Church." During the years I 
have walked in the ivays of the Lord I have 
received blessings and reprehensions. 

I have come to the United States because; 
first, my siter lived here for three years and 
is familiar ivith the life in the United States; 
second, because I already kneiv many people 
luho could help me ivith problems besides 
those here at Riverside; and third, I am at 
Riverside by the ivill of God who brought 
me here. 

I want to make the most of my time at 
Riverside because since God brought me here 
I ivant to learn more of the Word of God, 
choruses, etc. I tvant to get the most possible 
from all of the courses and learn all that 
the teachers will give me. 

As a profession I would like to ivork as a 
commercial airlines pilot and for this I need 
to knoiv languAiges ivell: in particular Eng- 
lish, French, Spanish, Italian, and German. 
To learn these I need money and also to pay 
for the commercial pilot course. 

As a final point, when I return to Vene- 
zuela again I can work, finish my studies, 
pay my way, and help my parents. 

Ivan Alfonso Yamarfe 

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The second Sunday of June each year is ob- 
served as a special day of prayer for missionary 

broadcasters around the world. The International 
Christian Broadcasters have asked all Christians 
to join in prayer for the mass media ministiries 
vi^orld-wide. They have challenged Christians every- 
where to pray regularly that God will: 

. . . fill each broadcaster with his Holy Spirit. 

. . . give wisdom in program preparation. 

. . . supply the broadcaster's financial needs. 

. . . bring many to Himself through the radio 
and television broadcasts. 

Brethren have a part in missionary broadcast- 
ing through their support of the Missionary Board 
of the Brethren Church and its commitment to 
CAVEA the radio ministry in Buenos Aires, Argen- 
tina. For many years the Brethren have helped 
support this ministry which prepares gospel 
programs which are aired all over Latin America. 
Not only have the Brethren supported this inter- 
denominational ministry with offerings but also 
through missionaries who have participated in the 
program over the years. Beginning with Robert 
Byler, co-founder, programmer, and musician; 
June Byler, musician; John Rowsey, technician; 
Kenneth Solomon, member of the board; Raymond 
Aspinall, musician; BUI Curtis, technician, pro- 
grammer, and musician; Mark Logan, technician; 
and presently being served by Bill Winter, 

Pray for this ministry year round and in par- 
ticular on June 8th, the Gospel Broadcasting 
Prayer Day for 1974. 


Si. Ptiifibiiti. Fhfidi 

Phil & Utfi Ltneh 'j>^,^ 



With the trunk of the Olds loaded till the springs 
groaned, we headed "south" recently for a work- 
shop in Sarasota. The invitation was to share with 
the teachers in Sarasota some of the teaching 
ideas developed in our experiences here at Breth- 
ren House — and we were eager to respond. 

The joy found in sharing our work with others 
brings a special kind of pleasure. When I first 
came to Brethren House, I discovered that the 
Lersches had created many unusual things for 
teaching the Bible, but these materials got buried 
in the drawers and cupboards to be quickly for- 
gotten. I was amazed and promptly began to 
organize, catalog and retrieve these useful ideas. 
Since that time, as the third member of the team. 

I have been a part of developing many more ideas 
that teach Bible truths. These we have used with 
the children here and I have meticulously filed 
and recorded them for future reference. 

Now my efforts are paying off as we are being 
asked more and more to bring our materials and 
illustrate to others some different ways to teach 
Bible truths effectively. 

We have had or have scheduled 15 workshops 
with groups of teachers in the last few months. 
This task is time-consuming and tiring as it calls 
on all of our resources as individuals to conduct 
such a workshop, but the feedback we have re- 
ceived from those attending has been astounding. 

We hear the following comments — 

"Now, look at that! Isn't that a good idea!" 
"Just a minute; let me write that down. 

And especially do we like to hear this — 

"I am going to think more about my class and 
see what kinds of things I can do that would be 
better than what we have done before." 

When teachers stand back and take a new look 
at themselves and their kids and reevaluate what 
they are teaching and how best to teach it, we feel 
we have accomplished our goal. 

It is not our intention to have everyone do 
things our way. That would be deadly. But we do 
hope to spark the creative natures in teachers 

June 1, 1974 

Page Seven 

and help them use the gifts they have. Also we 
would hope to lead some teachers out of the 
Saturday night preparation syndrome and help 
them become more effective communicators of 
God's Word. 

EXPERIENCING AND DOING is our belief. As a 
result we design activities for teaching the Bible 
that require the children to become involved in 
the process rather than passively receptive to 
our teaching. 

Because of this belief, we practice what we 
preach in our workshops for teachers. The first 
hour of our workshops is a time for teachers 
to roam throughout the area and become IN- 
VOLVED — listening, looking, trying, experiment- 
ing and testing the ideas we have available. 
Throughout the time we try to stay alert to ques- 
tions and to help when someone doesn't know 
how to operate the equipment. But the learning is 
going on all around without a one of us lecturing. 
We are convinced that our role as "teacher" is 
best accomplished by preparing and providing 
opportunities for an individual to learn the infor- 
mation on his own. 

In the last hour of the workshop then we come 
together to exchange ideas and bring into focus 

some of the experiences that each has been in- 
volved in. This sharing time among all the teach- 
ers present has been rewarding to us on many 
occasions for we see the "wheels turning" and 
the ideas coming among them for new life in their 
own church schools. 

The Methodist and Presbyterian churches in 
our area have shown the most interest in our 
ministry. We have been invited to take workshops 
to Methodist churches as far away as Gainesville, 
Tallahassee and Bradenton and are similarly asso- 
ciated with a network of Presbyterian churches 
throughout the west coast of Florida. We antici- 
pate more workshops wath them in the near 

As we seek God's leading for the direction of 
our ministry, we are a bit stunned by this clear 
indication that we are to continue sharing through 
these workshops. The amazing part of it all is 
that we have not sought out these workshops; 
they have been requested of us. It is our intention 
now to prepare a brochure explaining our work- 
shop so that we can distribute it to others who 
may be interested — BUT — to this point we have 
not taken the initiative. We prayerfully accept 
this as God's directive for our ministry. 

— Bonnie for the Staff 



Your registration should be mailed before July 
26th if you want to be a part of the special LAY- 
MEN ALIVE training program during the 1974 
General Conference! Though primarily intended 
to equip the laity for more effective sharing of 
their faith, pastors are cordially invited to register 
also for the training so that they might carry it 
back to their owoi congregations. 

It seems a shame, but participation has had to 
be limited to the first sixty who enroll by sending 
their appUcation and five dollars registration to 
the Missionary Board. Fill in the registration be- 
low NOW and mail it with your check IMME- 
DIATELY in order not to lose out on this 

This form and your check or money order should 
be mailed before July 26, 1974 to the Missionary 
Board of the Brethren Church, 530 College Avenue, 
Ashland, Ohio 44805. 

Mr., Mrs., Miss 

Street or R.F.D. 



Home Church 

Age: 15-25 


over 40 

Enclosed is my check for $5.00 (made out to 
LAYMEN ALIVE) to cover registration and all 
materials for the Laymen Alive training at Gen- 
eral Conference August 13-17, 1974. I commit 
myself to participate in the entire training from 
1:30 to 4:30 P.M. on each of these five days as the 
Lord enables so that I might be better equipped 
to serve Him. 


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The second Monday of every month is a Red 
Letter Day, or perhaps night, for the boys of the 
Park Street Brethren Church. That's the night 
the Brotherhood meets. 

Averaging 14 to 17 in attendance, the boys meet 
in the church Fellowship Hall, with Bill Hubler 
and Joe Shultz, for an hour and a half of fellow- 
ship, refreshments, and devotions. Several times 
a year they go on a field trip, to see the Cleveland 
Indians, the Browns, a winter retreat at Camp 
Bethany, or perhaps a jaunt to the Football Hall 
of Fame. There is something for everyone. 

Each meeting is closed with a circle of prayer 
with all the boys participating. 

June 1, 1974 

Page Nine 


Amid chill winds and a traditionally staid 
Bostonian atmospliere, heartwarming applause 
and gratitude filled the East Ballroom of the 
Statler-Hilton as tribute was paid to Dr. Clyde 
W. Taylor at the 32nd Annual Convention of the 
National Association of Evangelicals. Honoring 
Dr. Taylor for thirty years of leadership with the 
NAE, the banquet was attended by friends and 
associates from around the globe, and highlighted 
the week-long activities for the 750 delegates. Fol- 
lowing the announcement that Dr. Taylor will 
retire as General Director at the close of the year, 
a special program of tribute was presented, hold- 
ing special surprises for Dr. Taylor, including a 
telegram of good wishes from President Richard 
M. Nixon. 

A taped greeting was received from Dr. Billy 
Graham, naming Clyde as one of the men "who 
could stand in the gap resisting the unholy appeal 
of pride and refusing the unethical attraction of 
personal gain." A similar message was received 
from Dr. Taylor's son, Clyde Jr., who is in govern- 
ment service in El Salvador. Further surprises 
included the presentation of a memorial Book of 
Remembrance, containing personal greetings from 
over 200 wellwishers. 

Dr. Stephen F. Olford gave a tribute address 
mentioning the value of using time on earth to 
serve God, and reminded the delegates that "God 
wants to guide our lives; it is up to us to find His 
will follow it and then finish it to the glory of 
God." As a final honor the NAE presented to Dr. 
Taylor a sizable check to be used for the purchase 
of an automobile. 

Rev. Smith F. Rose, Executive Secretary 
of The Brethren Church with Mrs. Ruth 
Taylor and Dr. Clyde W. Taylor, NAE's 
general director, following a special tribute 
banquet honoring Dr. Taylor's service to 
the National Association of Evangelicals. 

Attending the NAE Convention in Boston 
from the Brethren Church were: Virgil 
Ingraham, General Secretary of the Mission 
Board; Pastors Phil Lersch, St. Petersburg, 
Florida and Paul Steiner, General Confer- 
ence Moderator of the General Conference, 
Lanark, Illinois ; Rev. Smith F. Rose, Execu- 
tive Secretary, Central Coimcil and Mrs. 
Pauline Winfield. President of the National 
Women's Missioyiary Society. 

$4.00 admits you to the event of the year! 

Pag:e Ten 

The Brethren Evangelist 


Our Bre-l-hren Church is beginning to G-R--0---W . . . 

not nnuch yet, but statistics show some growth. 

Our Brethren Church needs now and will need 
persons to shepherd God's flocks in many capaci- 
ties everywhere in the world. We need pastor/ 
teachers, missionaries, and persons for all kinds 
of ministries. 

The Bible says "pray" so the ANSWER IS 

Will you unite in a BOND OF PRAYER 

to pray regularly for men and women 

who will say "yes" to God and prepare to 

work anywhere with His flocks? 
At a recent Indiana Friendship Meal held April 
23, at North Manchester celebrating the 250th 
anniversary of the Brethren Church in America, 
the following people united in a BOND OF 
PRAYER to pray writhout ceasing for God to pro- 
vide persons for special ministries. 

Mr. and Mrs. Harold W. Baker 

Rev. and Mrs. David Cooksey 

Rev. Fred Finks 

Mrs. Edith Rodkey 

Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Keppel 

Mrs. Marlin Mansfield 

Kathy Webb 

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Webster 

Mr. and Mrs. D. M. Harshbarger 

Mr. and Mrs. Elmer E. Biltz 

Rev. and Mrs. Jerald Radcliff 

Mr. DeWayne Lusch 

Ron and Nina Pressler 

Mrs. Joe Stout 

Mrs. Isaac Stout 

Mr. Ralph B. McBride 

Mr. Oscar Conrad 

Mrs. Ethel Louthain 

Mr. Mark Baker 

Claude and Jane Stogsdill 

Jack and Lenore Oxenrider 

Gene and Bonnie Merkle 

Mr. Richard E. Reed 

Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Balsbaugh 

Flev. and Mrs. Fredrick Snyder 

Rev. and Mrs. William H. Kerner 

Mrs. Mary Ellen Maxson 

Dan and Marcia Sander 

Jerry and Linda Barr 

J. R. Turley 

Fred Van Duyne 

Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Miller 

Rev. Dale RuLon 

George and Ruthe Kerlin 

Gene and Linda Lockhart 

Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Nicholls and Kathy 

Mr. Floyd Teusch 

Roxie Stahl 

Rev. Richard Allison 

Mrs. Dale Flora 

Mr. Fred Brandon 

Will you join this group in a BRETHREN 
BOND OF PRAYER? A number of young people 
stood that night indicating their desire to be led 
of God anywhere to serve Him. Will you join 
others in praying for more? 

If you are willing to become part of an answer 
to a need, simply indicate that in a letter or on a 
postcard and state that you want to unite in a 
to trust God for laborers and a harvest. 

Could we have persons from every congregation 
uniting in this BOND OF PRAYER? 

Are you one of many from your congregation? 

The answer to our need is obvious — prayer. 

write to and unite with: 

Charles Munson 

Ashland Theological Seminary 

910 Center Street 

Ashland, Ohio 44805 

June 1, 1974 

Page i:ieven 


Rev. Lester E. Myers, 77, of Winona Lake, Indi- 
ana, passed away on Easter Sunday, April 14, at 
the Murphy Medical Center, Warsaw, Indiana. He 
had been in failing health for over a year. 

Rev. Myers was born August 11, 1896 in Iowa 
County, Iowa to Rev. and Mrs. John A. Myers. 
In addition to being a pastor his father was also 
a farmer. He had two sisters, Estella, who was a 
missionary in Africa and Ethel, who taught in a 
Kentucliy Mission. 

He attended Ashland College from 1915 to 1919 
and again in 1926-27 majoring in an English 
Divinity Course. He also took a special course at 
the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Illinois in 

While attending the Pleasant Grove Brethren 
Church in North English, Iowa he received the 
call to enter the Christian Ministry and was or- 
dained by Louis S. Bauman at the Winona Lake 
Indiana Conference in 1923. 

Although he never held a pastorate he had 
preached a few sermons in various churches but 
his main ministry was in the preparation of tracts 
which he wrote, printed and distri -uted. 

He loved children dearly and v/as very charitable 
to his friends. He will be remembered by delegates 
and visitors to the General Conferences as the rov- 
ing checker player which was one of his hobbies. 

Memorial services for Rev. Myers were conduct- 
ed in the Warsaw, Indiana Brethren Church by 
Rev. Paul Tinkel with Rev. Claude Stogsdill and 
Rev. Clyde Landrum assisting. 

Further sei^vices were held at the Pleasant 
Grove Brethren Church in North English, Iowa. 
Interment was in the North English Cemetery. 

He was a member of the First Brethren Church 
of Milledgeville, Illinois and was a resident of 
Winona Lake since 1968. He is survived by neices 
and nephews. 

The Bible is a wandow in this prison of hope, 
through which we look into eternity. — 

— John Sullivan Dwdght 

Our body is a well-set clock, which keeps good 
time, but if it be too much or indiscreetly tamp- 
ered with, the alarm runs out before the hour. 
— Joseph Hall 

Most people are bothered by those passages 
of Scripture they do not understand, but the 
passages that bother me are those I do under- 
stand. — Mark Twain 

Page Tvveh'e 

V aca+ion 
B ibie 
S chool 

The Brethren Evangelist 

Bah Humbug?? 

By this date most of you are in the final stages 
of V.B.S. preparations — and with Scrooge of old, 
sigh "Bah Humbug," and only long for the final 
day, the annual weiner roast and ice cream day, 
and the close of the children's program. Are all 
the headaches of teacher recruitment, lesson and 
music preparations, finding suitable crafts to make 
(£md the list goes on — and on — and on) leading 
up to one or two weeks of V.B.S. really worth- 
while? Or has it become another of the sacred 
traditions that only those who do not help hold 

If all of the above mentioned problems fit into 
your view of V.B.S, then you and Scrooge have 
a lot in common £ind you have been left at the 
dock when the boat of excitement and enthusiasm 

by Mary Ellen Drushal 

Some of the most exciting, education and fun- 
filled times in all of Christian Education are the 
days spent in Bible School. Granted, there are 
many problems and frustrations in arriving at 
the opening day, but as you stand before your 
group of children, just remember, they are each 
God's child awaiting your help and instruction 
from His Word. The responsibility of the task 
before Bible School teachers (that of teaching the 
love and understanding of Jesus) is often taken 
too lightly. TEACHERS^BE AWAKE!! This is 
an opportunity to demonstrate God's love for these 
children; and in the turbulent times in which we 
live, children need to experience this love! 

As you begin to teach, remember that each face 
looking at you has its own unique personality 
and needs. He looks to you, and you are respon- 
sible, not only for what you say, but the way you 
say it and most important, how you live it! 

TEACHERS— BE ALIVE!! Be alive wath the 
Holy Spirit. In John 16:12-16, Jesus tells the dis- 
ciples they would not immediately understand 
what he was saying, but the Holy Spirit would 
reveal the truth to them. Just like the disciples, 
we must also rely on the Holy Spirit to give us 
the truth to pass onto our children. Then we must 
be content, with faith believing, to plant the seed 
of truth and pray that, although children may not 
fully understand everything now, it will someday 
come to have meaning. 

TEACHERS— BE PRAYERFUL! ! Be in interces- 
sary prayer for each child as he comes to you in 
whatever level of learning he has already achieved. 
Pray for other teachers and pray for your direc- 
tor. Conversely, directors be in prayer for your 
teachers and their guidance by the Holy Spirit. 

Bible School— Bah Humbug???? Please recon- 
sider. Bible School — Hallelujah!! 

Mary Ellen Drushal 

June 1, 1974 

Page Thli'teen 

9lfLoderators 'Manna 

If we are to be happy pilgrims, we will be Spirit- 
filled. But the Spirit-filled life can be perilous. 
Paul says, "Wherefore let him that thinketh he 
standeth take heed lest he fall." (I Cor. 10:12) 
We could say it this way — Let church members 
who think they are better than others take heed 
lest they stumble. Paul is concerned that some 
persons could he repelling instead of attracting 
people to Jesus Christ. As your Moderator, I want 
to share some seedlings for your personal reflec- 
tion and stimulation. 

Brethren have a great heritage and faith to 
live. The problem is that in living the filled life 
of faith and receiving the richest blessings of 
heaven individually and collectively, we may come 
to the point that we believe we are deserving of 
God's abundant favors. We may feel very com- 
plete, but God has no finished products living here 
on earth. Each of us is in the process of sanc- 
ification — none I know have yet arrived. 

It is also true that God has no churches that 
have arrived. Neither the Brethren nor any other 
on the face of the earth. One problem with the 
seven churches in the Revelation was that they 
failed to face their true condition. They believed 
they had arrived. Most of our churches are far 
too slow to move into new programs and methods 

to reach their communities. I would not Vi'ant to 
blame the laity or the clergy, but most of the 
time little or no communication is taking place 
in our churches. One blames the other and noth- 
ing is being done and we have not arrived. 
Therefore the challenge is to get into action, 

We often excuse ourselves by thinking we want 
to remain pure, so we won't mix with others and 
therefore be spiritual. This sort of attitude 
threatened the Early Church. They called it 
Gnosticism. The Gnostics were proud people. They 
were intellectually ahead of others. They believed 
they knew something no one else knew. They 
had light no one else had or was qualified to re- 
ceive. That kind of pride destroys the openness of 
the believer's fellowship. 

Some in our day are claiming to be Spirit-filled. 
They seek to impress people with their spiritually. 
They claim a gift no other person has. Thus they 
are the only ones who can possibly know the 
truth and lead God's people. They "snow" people 
with external symbols and routine rituals. Dr. 
Leavell said, "Genuine spiritual excellence is 
totally unselfconscious." That is to say, if you 
have it you don't have to flaunt it. Many don't 
have it, so they fake it. Where are you? 

Have you ever met a person who is unteachable? 
Most of us have, but a growdng Christian can learn 
from anyone. A christian would never say, "You 
can't teach me anything." If you know persons 
who would make that kind of a statement; you 
knnow persons who are completely enveloped in 
the work of Satan. We need to climb the moun- 
tain of understanding and act creatively in the 
wisdom of a loving God who gave us the Spirit 
to grow and to become each day the fulness of 
God's potential. How exciting and dynamic the 
church in the 20th century would be, if we would 
be hungry-hearted happy pilgrims. 

We live in a spectator world. Throngs go out 
to baseball games, but they don't play. Multitudes 
go to the theater, but they do not sing or act. 
Crowds attend church, but they seldom become 
participants in the work of the Kingdom. As 
hungry-hearted happy pilgrims we must break 
thru the spectator world and become involved in 
the awesome task of planting, watering, cultivat- 
ing the Word as God brings the increase. 

Be open and growing as God's people and as 
God's Church. Brethren, we have a future and it 
is as lovely as God's power and promises. Let's 
grow hungry-hearted happy pngrims! We have 
not arrived but we are Going, Growing and Glow- 
ing for Christ! 

Paul D. Steiner 

Moderator, The Brethren Church 

Lanark, IlUnois 61046 

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With the television news programs and the head- 
lines in the newspapers all trumpyeting the bad 
news of Watergate, one might well ask, "Where 
is the good news?" It seems that the whole of 
our society is bent on pointing out the shortcom- 
ings of mankind. 

The Bible talks about kergyma. This is a Greek 
word which means proclaiming the good news. 
Ministerial Student Aid has to do with this ques- 
tion specifically. In the raucous clatter of voices 
in our society can one hear the word of the Lord? 
If one is to hear the word of the Lord, if any 
healing is to come to mankind, someone wUl need 
to proclaim the Gospel — the good news. 

The inflation has caught up with the seminary 
and pre-seminary student and costs continue to 
rise. The large majority of seminary students are 
married. Their problem is to make a living for 
their families, often by means of a part-time job, 
and still pay approximately $900 in tuition for a 

year. The pre-seminary student is faced with a 
yearly cost of board and room and tuition of 
approximately $3,768 per year. It seems that these 
costs illustrate graphically how important your 
gifts to Ministerial Student Aid are. When we all 
share a little bit, the burden is made much lighter. 
Several students have already inquired about 
the availability of financial aid for the next school 
year. My only answer can be, "God's people have 
been manifestly faithful." As chairman of the 
Ministerial Student Aid Committee, please let me 
express the deepest appreciation of the committee 
on behalf of Brethren pre-seminary and seminary 
students viath whom you have shared. Please note 
the back page of the Evangelist where you will 
find some of the statistics concerning the giving 
of the Brethren Church for Ministerial Student 

Virgil Meyer 

June 1, 1974 

Pag^e Fifteen 


has been a guiding and motivating principle for 
many a pre-seminary and seminary student whose 
goal is the Christian ministry. One of the burdens 
that diverts personal "single-sightedness" in the 
scholastic pursuit of Brethren students at Ashland 
College and Ashland Theological Seminary is a 
financial one. And yet, one of the provisions the 
Lord has made for numerous faithful students in 
their pursuit is the Brethren Ministerial Student 
Aid Fund. Let me detail what I mean. 

Sure, it's often quite difficult to admit to others 
that you need them and their help. Humiliation, 
when it comes to financial needs, is often where 
a student will give up sight of his goal. But, I 
would suggest that is one point at which the Lord 
can teach us some very valuable lessons. I learned 
a few of my own! 

I think of a number of young men who are 
college students now, who are dependent on the 
Lord for this provision almost every semester. 
And then I can think of others who needed this 
financial support only as an initial boost, until 
the time that jobs were secured and their need 
was met in another way. I happened to need a 
small steady boost myself for a while, and was I 
glad to be able to have my need met this way. 
And then, I think of where the Lord has placed 
me, in campus ministry, as the result of my faith- 
ful "single-sightedness." 

I am presently counseling with a Brethren 
young person who feels a definite call of God to 
the Christian ministry, but who needs financial 
reassurance before he can see the practical reality 
of an education for that ministry. I'm sure this is 
a sample fact-of-life for many young paople who 
seek the Lord's will for their lives. I wonder if 
people like Rev. Larry Baker, Rev. Fred Finks, 
Bill Winter, Rev. Bill Walk, Rev. Dale RuLon, Rev. 
Jim Fields, Rev. Arden Gilmer, Rev. Don Rowser, 
to mention a few, ever felt that way. And I won- 
der if they would be where they are today if the 
Lord had not caused people to be aware of their 

I think we ought to face the fact that the com- 
mitment of these young men to you, the Church, 
is dependent upon a reciprocal commitment. These 
men not only need your help, but they deserve it 
in light of the kind of call they have received. As 
has been suggested, the Brethren Ministerial Stu- 
dent Aid Fund is a provision of the Lord in 
answer to many prayers. The challenge is, do you 
want to be involved in the Lord's work, in some- 
one's personal need? I pray that students will 
never be found needing, with no hope for ful- 
fillment in the eyes of the Brethren Church. 

Rev. Jim Geaslen 

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Some Brethren Seminary students who have been greatly 
assisted through Ministerial Student Aid 

Front row (left to right): Ruth Deardurff, Richard Boyd, Vijaya 

Kumar, Bob Young, Craig Brown, Randy Best, Earl 

Crissnum, Steve Abe 

Back row (left to right): Weston Ellis, Charles Long, Dale Stoffer, 

Gerald Peck, John Shultz, Kenneth Sullivan, Ralph Gibson, Steve Swihart 

Those Brethren studeyits not appearing: William Brady, Charles 

Wiltrout, and Ron Waters 


This is the committee that administers 
the Ministerial Student Aid Fund 

[A committee of the National 
Ministerial Association) 

Left to right: Dr. Joseph Shultz, Rev. 

Eugene Beekley, Rev. Virgil Meyer and 

Rev. Brad Weidenhamer 

June 1, 1974 

Page Seventeen 


As I search the recesses of my memory my 
thoughts go back to about four years ago. I had 
announced to the world that I was going off to 
study for the ministry. Many people said, "We 
will be praying for you." I could not help but won- 
der if that meant they had no faith in me, and that 
only a miracle from God could make a minister 
out of this thirty year old sow's ear. 

My time of reckoning with the truth was not 
long in coming. Contrary to the plans of my wife 
and myself, we set out from Nebraska for Ash- 
land, Ohio without money enough to survive, with- 
out knowing what type housing was available, 
without a hope of a job, but with the prayers of 
our loved ones. 

Upon our arrival in Ashland we were met by 
students that soon became our friends as we un- 
loaded the truck. Little did we know how many 
friends we would be making duiing our stay here. 
We were welcomed into the Seminary community. 
The strange part of this acceptance was in the 
fact that I was not a student of the Seminary, but 
a lowly under-graduate with a four year college 
program to complete in order to get into the 

In a short time I acquired a good paying job 
for the summer months which turned into a part 
time job during school. Soon after that my wife 
found enployment. Those prayers must have still 
been going up on our behalf! That summer flew 
past and it was time to enter college. According 
to my transcript from High School I was being 
brazen to think I could do college level work — 
especially after being out of school for thirteen 
years. What had I gotten myself into? 

by Gerald L. Peck 

If there is anything which a person can com- 
plain about at Ashland College it is not the speed 
with which they mail the invoices for tuition. 
One Thousand, One Hundred and Fifty One Dollars 
— my summer job was not that good! Praise the 
Lord, my home church came through wdth some 
help, but Ashland College doesn't offer terms on 
the bills. I had received a grant which helped, but 
I was still short. In talking with Rev. Meyer I 
learned about the National Ministerial Student 
Aid Fund. After talking with him my financial 
worries were over and I was free to devote my 
time to studying. 

It is hard to believe that a four year program 
was completed in three and one half years, but 
here I am in Seminary — a dream come true and 
many prayers answered. I am not free from all 
care now, but I have been blessed beyond measure 
as I sit under men like Dr. Munson and Dr. 
Kickasola and fellowship with Dr. Shultz and Dr. 
Jerry Flora. Can you imagine taking communion 
and having Dr. Jerry Flora wash your feet, turn 
around and find that you are to wash the feet of 
Dr. Shultz. 

In addition to the joy of knowing the men of 
the faculty and student body I am being chal- 
lenged by the high academic standards set forth 
by the school. Only God knows what the next few 
years will bring, but of this one thing I am sure — 
if I am allowed to continue at the seminary — if I 
receive what I am taught — I will be equipped to 
go into the fulltime ministry and serve the Lord 
faithfully, a workman that needeth not to be 

One of my greatest lessons during the past four 
years is in the understanding of the comment from 
those people four years ago. When they said that 
they were going to pray for me it meant that 
they were going to support me both in their 
prayers and in their giving of money. For me, 
attending college and seminary has not been a 
continual "mountain top experience." I, like all 
students, am often down; but we are raised up 
by the knowledge that the people of the church 
are behind us. I have learned that without the 
help of God and His i)eople my time would be wast- 
ed attending Ashland Theological Seminary. Your 
support is an investment in the future of the 

I am not a Prophet, so I cannot tell you what 
will become of this sow's ear. I am reminded of 
the Scripture which says, "And this is the con- 
fidence that we have in Him, that, if we ask any 
thing according to His wUl, He heareth us." 

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"/ do not ask in behalf of these alone, but 
for those also who believe in me through 
their ivord; THAT THEY MAY ALL BE 
ONE; even as Thou, Father, art in Me, and 
I in Thee, that they also may be in Us; 
glory ivhich Thou has given Me I have given 
to them; that they may be one, jtist as We 
are one; I in them, and Thou in Me, THAT 
that the ivorld may know that thou didst 
send Me, and didst love them, even as Thou 
didst love Me" (John 17:20-23, NAS). 

On the night before his crucifixion, Jesus 
Christ prayed that all His followers would be 
one in Him. He told His disciples that same 
night, "By this all men ivill know that you 
are My disciples, if you have love for one 
another" (John 13:35, NAS). 

His desire for His church is that we might 
be like a body, with all parts working to- 
gether and functioning under the direction 
of the head — Jesus Christ Himself. Paul en- 
couraged the believers at Ephesus to walk in 
love, "being diligent to preserve the unity of 
the Spirit in the bond of peace. For there is 
one body and one Spirit, just as also you were 
called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, 
one faith, one baptism, one God and Father 
of all who is over all and through all and 
in all" (Ephesians 4:3-6). 

June 1, 1974 

Page Nineteen 


Bruce Ronk, Leader- 
Ashland (Park Street) 

Tracy Wilt, Jr., Leader 
Washington, D.C. 

The ministry of ONE is to emphasize "the hope 
)f our calling" in Christ and to encourage the 
ove and the unity of the saints, that all men will 
snow we are His disciples. Sixteen young people, 
ierving on two units of eight each, will take part 
n this ministry in Brethren churches and camps 
n Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West 

Two very able and experienced young men will 
serve as leaders of the two units. Bruce Bonk is 
a third-year Crusader from Ashland, Ohio. In the 
fall Bruce will begin his senior year at Ashland 
College, majoring in religion and minoring in 
psychology and photography. His vocational ob- 
jective is Christian ministry. Tracy Wilt is a sec- 
ond-year Crusader from the Washington, D.C, 
area. Tracy will be a junior music/ drama major 
in the fall at Ashland College, with vocational in- 
terest in evangelism and/or music. Both men were 
members of "THE TWELVE" in 1973 and appeared 
with "HIS" (the winter musical ministry of the 
Board of Christian Education) during the past 
school year. 

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Mark Baker 
North Manchester 

Joining the program for the first time is Mark 
Baker from North Manchester, Indiana. With a 
ministerial objective, Marie will enter Ashland 
College in the fall as a sophomore English major. 
In high school he was part of a barbershop quar- 
tette that received a second-place rating in state 

Stephen Barber, another member of "THE 
TWELVE" in 1973, hails from the Chandon 
Brethren Church in Hemdon, Virginia. Steve will 
be a junior religion business major at Ashland 
College, with interest in pulpit ministry. He is 
currently National BYC Treasurer, a member of 
"HIS" and part of the A.C. A Cappella Choir. 

Entering Ashland CoUege as a freshman, Martha 
Deardurff plans a drama music major. Martha 
has appeared in numerous high school musicals 
and plays, and has served as treasurer of National 
BYC and of Miami Valley District BYC. She is 
from Bellefontauie, Ohio, and the Gretna Church. 

Steve Barber 
Hemdon (Chandon) 

Martha Deardurff 
Belief ontaine (Gretna) 

June 1, 1974 

Page Twenty-one 


Robert Grumbling:, vocalist and engineer for 
"THE TWELVE," returns as primarily a vocalist 
in 1974. A nnember of Third Brethren Church in 
Johnstown, Pennsylvania, Rob graduates from 
high school this spring and plans to further his 
education toward a career as an electronics and 
computer technician. 

In addition to a fine background in vocal music, 
Jeffrey Lentz is very gifted as an instrumentalist. 
The son of a high school band director, Jeff has 
been in his school band for five years as a trum- 
peter and has appeared in band concerts four 
times. He will graduate from Northwood High 
School in 1975, and he comes from Nappanee, 


Joan McKinney is a second-year Crusader from 
Tucson, Arizona. Joan appeared as a soloist with 
"THE TWELVE" in 1973, and she travelled in 
the USA and Europe with "Up With People" for 
one year while she was in high school. She plans 
to enter Ashland College in the fall as a freshman. 

Jeffrey Lentz 


b'- -'Jl- 

Robert Grumbling 
Johnstoivn (HI) 

Joan McKinney 

Pag:e Twenty-two 

The Brethren ICvangelis 


Susan Michael 

Linda Metzger 

In addition to piano and organ, Linda Metzgei 

(from Vinco, Pennsylvania) also plays trumpet 
trombone, baritone, and bass tuba. She has als( 
sung in select ensembles in her high school an( 
church, and has been in the county and distric 
choruses. Linda graduates from high school thi: 

Debra Michael is completing her first year a 
Highland Community College with a major ii 
business. She sang in her high school madriga 
for three years and was in contests four years 
She also plays the piano and clarinet. Debra come: 
from Lanarli, Illinois. 

Susan (no relation to Debra) Michael will entei 
Ashland College in the fall as a sophomore ele 
mentary education major (with a special educatior 
minor). From Gratis, Ohio, Susan will participat< 
in the Crusader program for the second time, hav 
ing served with "THE TWELVE" in 1973. Othei 
musical experience includes four years of flut« 
and church and high school choir. 

Debra Michael 

June 1, 1974 

Page Twenty-three 


Nancy Ronk 
Ashland (Park Street) 

Kerry Scott 

Nancy (sister to Bruce) Ronk is a "first-timer" 
from Ashland, Ohio. During the summer of 1973 
she toured Europe with the American Youth 
Symphony and Chorus, singing and playing the 
viola. She also is a member of "HIS." Nancy will 
enter Goshen College in the fall with a vocational 
objective in nursing. 

The seventh returning member of "THE 
TWELVE" is Kerry Scott from Warsaw, Indiana. 
During the winter Kerry was a member of the 
Indiana All-State Choir, and he declined an offer 
for a singing tour of Europe to be a part of one 
of the Crusader musical units this summer. He 
will enter Ashland College in the fall as a psy- 
chology major. 

Formerly from Ohio and presently residing in 
Derby, Kansas, Ben Solomon represents the first 
Crusader to oome from the Midwest District. Ben 
has sung in church and high school choirs and 
sang in a madrigal group. He will graduate from 
high school in 1975. 

Benjamin Solomon 

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Sharon Stolfer will be a sophomore at Capital 
University in the fall where she is majoring in 
nursing. While in high school, Sharon sang in the 
Glenwood A Cappella Choir, one of the top high 
school choirs in the state of Ohio. From Canton, 
Ohio, she served on the Mission Action Team II 
last summer in the Central, Midwest, and Indiana 

Darlene Swank is a resident of Ashland, Ohio, 
and a member of the Vandergrift Pleasant View 
Brethren Church. A first-year Crusader, Darlene 
appeared as a vocalist with the muscial group 
"HIS" during the past winter. She has also sung 
in school choirs. She will graduate in 1975. 

Sharon Staffer 
Canton (Trinity) 

The musical abilities cited wall make each unit 
quite qualified to present "A Celebration of Hope" 
(a worship musical of creation, praise, salvation, 
and hope) and a concert of contemporary sacred 

In addition to a rich musical background, each 
unit member has been active in leadership roles 
in the youth ministry of his or her local church. 
Utilizing these leadership abilities, each unit will 
conduct learning seminars and project activities 
for children in the fourth grade through adults 
and wall join into fellowship with all in the church- 
es and camps they visit. 

Watch Summer Crusader Update for more de- 
tails on the ministry of ONE. And be sure to 
meet and to share in the ministry of the unit that 
visits your community! 

Darlene Stvenk 
Vandergrift (Pleasant View) 

June 1, 1974 

Page Twenty-five 


Interns and Crusaders 
'With Itineraries and Mailing Addresses! 


Paul Deardurff, Ken Hunn 
June 22 - August 4 
c/o Rev. Russell Gordon 
607 65th Avenue, West 
Bradenton, FL 33507 

Joan Hamel 
June 22 - August 4 
c/o Rev. M. W. Dodds 
Rural Route 4 
Bryan, OH 43506 

Wayne Grumbling 
June 22 - August 4 
c/o Rev. Arden Gilmer 
P.O. Box 275 
Vandergrift, PA 15690 

Joyce Cole, Joan Weaver 
June 22 - August 4 
c/o Brethren Care 
2000 Center Street 
Ashland, OH 44805 

Summer Bible Ministry Unit: 

Bev Blough, Beth Gilmer, Joan Holsinger, 
Bonnie RadcUff 

June 22 - August 4 

c/o First Brethren Church 

619 Park Street 
Ashland, OH 44805 
Camping/Educational Unit: 

Pam North, Gene McConahy, Jim Miller, 
Robin Rentzel, Donna Shank 

June 22 - July 6 — c/o Rev. George Solomon, 
730 N. Woodlawn, Derby, KS 67037 

July 7-13 — c/o Rev. Jim Cole, 503 Eastview Dr., 
Mulvane, KS 67110 

July 14-19— c/o Camp Wyandotte, 11300 
Leavenworth Rd., Piper, KS 66074 

July 20 - August 4 — c/o Camp Bethany, R.R. 1, 
Lakevile, OH 44638 
ONE* — Two Musical Units of Eig-ht (individual 

unit members to be named at orientation and 

announced through Summer Crusader Update) : 
Bruce Ronk, Tracy Wilt, Mark Baker, Steve 
Barber, Martha Deardurff, Rob Grumbling, 
Jeff Lentz, Joan McKinney, Linda Metzger, 
Debra Michael, Susan Michael, Nancy Ronk, 
Kerry Scott, Ben Solomon, Sharon Stoffer, 
Darlene Swenk 

June 23-25 
June 26-28 
June 30 - July 2 
July 3-5 
July 7-9 
July 10-12 
July 14-16 
July 17-19 
July 21-23 
July 24-26 
July 28-30 
July 31 - Aug. 2 
Aug. 3-4 


Gratis, OH 

New Lebanon, OH 

Dayton, OH 

West Alexandria, OH 

Berlin, PA 

Vandergrift, PA 

Brush Valley, PA 

Camp Peniel, PA 

Cameron, WV 

N. Georgetown, OH 

Canton, OH 

Smithville, OH/ Camp Bethany 

Ashland, OH 


Milledgeville, IL 
Lanark, IL 
Brighton, IN 
Camp Shipshewana, IN 
Roann, IN 
Warsaw, IN 
Goshen, IN 
Kokomo, IN 
Muncie, IN 
OakviUe, IN 
Gretna, OH 
Gretna, OH 
Ashland, OH 

* - Send mail in care of local Brethren pastor or 
of camp. 

August 5-12— DISCOVEKY 74 

All Crusaders and Interns 
c/o Camp Bethany 

Lakeville, OH 44638 


ALL Crusaders and Interns 

c/o Board of Christian Education 

524 College Avenue 

Ashland, OH 44805 

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<li,e««««H 74 

AUGUST 5-12. 1974 


— The musical DISCOVERY 
Multi- media seminars 

— Bible-s+udy/devotional periods 

— Weekend inspirational speaker 

— Recreation 

Make your reservation today; write to: 
Board of Christian Education 
524 College Avenue 
Ashland. Ohio 44805 

June 1, 1974 

Page Twenty-seven 


Pastor Phil Lersch, Chairman 
Brethren World Relief Committee 


Brethren World Relief funds are being 
used in well digging projects and in the 
distribution and stockpiling of grain for 
drought and famine stricken areas. 

The drought in West Africa that has affected 
millions of people with starvation and death is 
oontinuing to spread. Some new areas have not 
had any rainfall this year and people have sold 
their cattle and eaten next year's seed. 

Countries already affected by drought and fam- 
ine are the Sudan, Ethiopia, Senegal, Mauritania, 
Mali, Upper Volta, Niger and Chad. Now reports 
from Kenya, Algeria, Togo, Dahomey, Nigeria and 
Cameroun indicate the disaster belt is much wider. 

The World Relief Commission is working with 
and through missionaries of the Evangelical and 
Enterdenominational Foreign Missions Associations 
(EFMA and IFMA) to alleviate this need. (R«v. 
Virgil Ingraham, Secretary of the Missionary 
Board of the Brethren Church, is secretary of 
EFMA this year). 

The relief and rehabilitation program of the 
World Relief Commission includes water develop- 
ment, self-help and agricultural projects in addi- 
tion to an emergency feeding program. 

Funds contributed by Christians in the U.S. 
(such as Brethren Churches) are being used in 
iveU-digguig projects in several areas of Chad, 
INfiger, and Upper Volta. The cost, depending on 
the soil and water table, may run from $50 to $250 
per well. One well provides water for an entire 

The World Relief Commission is also distribut- 
ing and stockpiling grain all the way from central 
points to remote villages. Grain wdU become even 
more scarce and costly awaiting the next harvest 
in October — providing there is a harvest. 

The line starts at the large door of the store- 
room at left, goes through the trees to the grain 
storage bin in middle. These Christian relief work- 
srs, members of the national church, transport 

FAMINE FIGHTERS waiting for bags of 

grain at a distribution center in a 

sub-Sahara country. 

bags of grain on their bicycles to remote villages. 
World Relief Commission is purchasing, distri- 
buting, and stockpiling food to help the people 
survive. This fight for life is graphically shown 
in WRC's new sound/oolor movie, AFRICA: DRY 
EDGE OF DISASTER. (See release 788-A) 

A Sunday School teacher asked what a yoke 
was. One child replied: "It is a collar you put 
around an animal's neck." Then she asked, "And 
what is the yoke of Christ?" A four-year-old 
answered, "It is when Jesus puts His arms around 
your neck." 

from Manchester Monthly 

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Mr. Albert Chambers was called home to the 
Lord February 24, 1974. Albert was a deacon in 
the Cameron Brethren Church and a lifelong resi- 
dent of Cameron, West Virginia. His wile Helen 
resides in Cameron. His soon David is also a resi- 
dent ol Cameron and another son Gary lives in 
Sandusky, Ohio. Albert's physical remains were 
buried in the Big Run cemetery outside Cameron. 
Memorial services were conducted by his pastor, 
Paul Richey. 


Mrs. Orpha Strait went to be with the Lord on 
March 31, 1974. She had been a member of the 
Quiet DeU Brethren Church for many years and 
had recently moved into Cameron and attended 
the Cameron Brethren Church. She was preceded 
in death by her husband Walter. Two sons Paul 
and Nyle survive. Memorial services were con- 
ducted by Paul Richey and burial was in Halycon 
Hills Memorial Gardens near Sherrard, West 

* * * 


Buelah Lehman, 85, died April 26, 1974 at the 
Bryan Nursing Home, Bryan, Ohio. Memorial 
services were conducted Monday, April 29 at 
Greenisen Funeral Home with Rev. M. W. Dodds 
officiating. Burial was at Toledo Memorial Park 
Cemetery, Toledo, Ohio. Mrs. Lehman was a mem- 
ber of the First Brethren Church, Bryan, Ohio. 

* * * 


Clela Woods died April 29, 1974 at the Parkview 
Nursing Home, Edgerton, Ohio. Memorial services 
were conducted May 3rd at the Oberlin Ford 
Funeral Home with Rev. M. W. Dodds officiating. 
Interment was at the Fountain Grove Cemetery, 
Bryan, Ohio. Mrs. Woods was a member of the 
First Brethren Church, Bryan, Ohio. 

* * * 


Mrs. Cordilla Casteel, 77 passed away on March 
31, 1974. She is survived by 3 sons, 9 grandchil- 
dren, 2 brothers and 2 sisters. 

Mrs. Casteel served the Lord in various ways 
in the Main Street Brethren Church of which she 
was a member. 

The funeral service was conducted April 4 at 
the Konhaus Funeral Home, Meyersdale, Penn- 
sylvania, with Rev. Joseph Hanna officiating. 
Interment was in the Union Cemetery, Meyersdale. 


Marsha Payne daughter of Ethel Payne and the 
late Graydon Payne and Keith Smith son of Mr. 
and Mrs. Claude Smith, all of Oak HiU, were mar- 
ried on Saturday, April 27, 1974. The ceremony 
took place at the First Brethren Church in Oak 
Hill, West Virginia, with the Rev. Bill Skeldon 
officiating. Following a short wedding trip the 
couple will reside in Bleckley, West Virginia. 


Mr. and Mrs. George Fitzwater celebrated their 
50th Wedding Anniversary in November, 1973. 
They are members of the Mathias Brethren 

* * * 

Rev. and Mrs. B. E. Waltz observed their 60th 
Wedding Anniversary on April 12th. 

* * * 

Mr. and Mrs. Clare Rudoloph observed their 50th 
Wedding Anniversary on March 27th. 

Mr. and Mrs. Albert Osbom observed their 51st 
Wedding Anniversary on April 15th. 

Sarasota, Florida 

* * * 

Mr. and Mrs. Simon McKenzie of Meyersdale, 
Pennsylvania celebrated their 61st Wedding Anni- 
versary on Arpil 12. 

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Estep celebrated their 
Golden Wedding Anniversary April 21, 1974. 
Oak Hill, West Virginia 

* * * 

A special recognition to Mr. and Mrs. 
Lee Brooks who celebrated their Diamond 
Wedding Anniversary April 28, 1974. 
Oak Hill, West Virginia 


Washington, D.C. — 4 by baptism, 2 by letter 
Sarasota, Florida — 5 by baptism 

fune 1, 1974 

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Special Recognition 

Mrs. Ella Brown of LaPorte City, Iowa and a 
member of the First Brethren Church in Water- 
Loo, Iowa celebrated the 100th anniversary of her 
birth on April 23, 1974. 

She was born on this date in 1874 In Mount 
Pleasant, Pennsylvania and on February 24, 1896 
was wed to Ervin C. Brown. 

Her children are Lloyd E. and Carl A., both of 
Waterloo, and Mrs. Gerald Bedard. There are 
two deceased sons, Roy and Ray. 

Mrs. Brown has 14 grandchildren, 13 great- 
grandchildren and three great-great-grandchUdren. 



The North Liberty Brethren Church has been 
experiencing some good things this spring. Each 
month we have been having special items of inter- 
est for all from outside the church. 

In January we had Rev. Claude StogsdUl, the 
District Evangelist speak on the work of the 
Ministerial and Congregational Relations Board. 
Our Pastor, Stephen Cole, exchanged pulpits with 
Rev. Stogsdill and spoke to his congregation on 
"The Congregation and Working wdth your 

Our February interest was World Relief. We 
watched a fUm on their work in Cambodia and 
then had a question and answer time wdth their 
representative Mr. Pat Speicher of Milford, Indi- 
ana. It was a real challenge for us. 

March brought Dorman Ronk who spoke on 
the work of the Benevolent Board, and plans for 
a nursing home in South Bend. 

Our Easter Sunrise service was advertised as 
"the best in town" and it was. Thomas Halsey, a 
student at Huntington CoUege, Huntington, Indi- 
ana, presented a sacred concert of hymns and 
songs of joy about the risen Christ. He sang to 
taped music whUe slides were being shown of 
the Biblical sites of the Passion from Israel. They 
were taken by Pastor Cole while in Israel last 
summer. We are still talking about the blessings 
received tiiat day. 

We also had George Kerlin come and talk with 
us about the Brethren effort in World Relief and 
also saw a fOmstrip. We are already giving by 
Faith-Promise for World Relief and this helped to 
remind us of our promise. 

Finally in May we have two emphasis: The 
W.M.S. had a Mother-Daughter tea with the Hueni 
Family of Mishawaka, Indiana providing the 
music. Over 80 attended and received a blessing. 

Also this month. The Youth are having an all 
night party to celebrate Christ and have fun to- 
gether. They are also celebrating a successful 
paper drive, with over 6000 lbs. collected — recycle 
old newspapers. 

We praise God for all that has happened. 

One of the members of The First Brethren 
Church in South Bend, Indiana has a unique min- 
istry to the church that has been administered for 
thirty-two years. Harold Haenes, A professional 
sign painter who owns his own sign shop has been 
hand lettering the signs shown in the photograph 
of the outdoor bulletin board of the church with 
attention gatherings quips and quotes. 

He has graciously supplied your editor with 
many of these quotes and which may be found in 
the "Cheep-Advice" column of our magazine. 

We would like to express our appreciation for 
these and honor him for unselfishly using his 
talents in the Lord's work for this phase of out- 
reach in the community. 

A Note Of Appreciation 

We at Gratis, Ohio appreciate the work that 
Rev. Bill and Sharon Walk have done in their 
pastorate at Gratis. Our prayers go wdth them 
as they make preparation to prepare themselves 
for the mission field. During his work with us we 
have had an increase in membership and have 
added an educational unit to the church with very 
little indebtedness. 

WhUe our prayers go with them, we would 
appreciate your prayers also. 

Secretary, Dorothy F. Brubaker 

Page Thirty 

The Brethren Evangelisl 


by Paula Tinkel 

Did anyone ever tell you that you were unique? 
If so, did you take it as a compliment or a slam? 
If someone would have said that to me a few 
years ago, I probably would have thought that 
they were telling me I was weird. But you know 
something? I really am unique! And so are you! 
Do you want to find out why? O.K. 

First of all let's find out what unique means. 
According to Webster's the definition of unique is 
"being the only one of its kind." You are one of 
a kind. God made you that way whether you like 
it or not. As God's chUd you occupy a special place 
in the Lord's great plan. He has given you certain 
gifts and abUities to be used In serving Htm. Right 
now you are probably thinking to yourself, "Well, 
I can't sing, play the piano, talk in front of my 
classmates, or anything important. I'm just in 
grade school or junior high." Let's see what the 
Bible says about that. 

Read I Corinthians 12:12-27. The apostle Paul 
compares our physical bodies to the body or 
church of Christ. You may think you have some 
pretty odd parts. But "God has put the body to- 
gether in such a way that extra honor and care 
are given to those parts that might otherwise seem 
less important."! vVe have definite duties to per- 
form as members of Christ's church. Whether it 
be singing in the junior choir, babysitting in the 
nursery, or just being friendly to the new girl in 
Sunday class, God has given us these abilities and 
talents. He warns us not to attempt to function 
as an "eye" when the Lord has made us a "hand." 
In other words, don't mimic the talents and abil- 
ities of others! Be happy about the various gifts 
and opportunities God has given you, and use 
them to make your own unique contribution to 
Christ's church, his body. 
1 Living Bible 

An ancient legend tells of a king who walked 
into his garden one day to find almost everything 
withered and dying. Speaking to an oak near th€ 
gate, he learned that it was sick of life because 
it was not tall and beautiful like the pine. The 
pine was upset, for it could not bear deUcious 
fruit like the pear tree, while the pear tree com- 
plained that it did not have the lovely odor of the 
spruce; and so it went throughout the entire gar- 
den. Coming to a pansy, however, the king saw 
its bright face full of cheerfulness. "Well, little 
flower," said the monarch, "I'm glad to find at 
least one that is happy in this discouraging scene." 
"Your majesty, I know I'm of small account, but 
I decided you wanted a pansy when you planted 
me. If you had desired an oak or a pear tree, you 
would have put one in my place. Therefore I've 
determined to be the best little flower I can be!"^ 

You have a unique place in God's plan — make 
the most of it! What special talents and abilities 
has the Lord given you? Are you happy with what 
you have? Are you using those talents? Answer 
these questions and think about what you are 
doing for the Lord as a UNIQUE person. 
2 Our Daily Bread, April 1974. 

Paula Tinkel 

June 1, 1974 

Page Thirty-one 

S^Cfr^A'CUAana Retreat 




June 16-21, 1974 

(Limit of 18 prepaid High Schoolers) 

Open to both boys and girls 



Sr. High Camp June 23-29, 1974 

Jr. High Camp June 30 - July 6, 1974 

Intermediate Camp July 7-13, 1974 

Junior Camp July 14-20, 1974 


August 2, 7:30 p.m. thru 
August 4, 5:00 p.m. 




August 27, 3=30 p.m. thru 
August 29, 12:00 noon 

per day 


August 30 - September 2 

per day 

For information write to: 

Jack Oxenrider, Coordinator 
Route No. 2, Box 73 
Shipshewana, Indiana 4-6565 

Page Thirty-two The Brethren Evangelist 

Ashland Theological Seminary 
40 CSnter ^ 

Ashland^ Ohio 44805 


$16,000 needed for Ministerial Student Aid 

Your sacrificial giving is needed . . . 

... To spread the pi'eaching of the Gospel 

... To assist a growing number of ministerial students 

... To meet the rising cost of education 

Twenty-seven Ministerial Students 
Received Financial Aid in the Past Year 

Average assistance per student: 

1969-70 $369.90 

1970-71 473.23 

1971-72 482.50 

1972-73 542.00 

1973-74 540.19 

Seventy Brethren churches made contributions to the Ministerial 
Student Aid Fund in the i^ast year. 

Costs of education continue to rise. Tuition, fees, board and room 
will average $3,768 per year for the pre-seminary student. 

Tuition and fees for the seminary student will amount to approx- 
imately $900 — with living costs in addition to this. 

Your gift to the Ministerial Student Aid Fund helps these men re- 
main in school, and after training to be a part of the Gospel ministry. 

Send your offerings to: 

c/o Rev. Brad Weidenhamer 
631 Buena Vista 
Ashland, Ohio 44805 

The Brethren 



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Vol. XCVI 

June 29, 1974 

No. 13 



Editor of Publications George Schuster 

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Executive Committee 

Elton Whitted, Chairman-, Mrs. Michael Drushal; Mrs. Jerry Flora 

In This Issue: 

3 THE CHRISTIANS (Guest Editorial) 

by Wendell E. Kent 




Featuring The First Brethren Church 
Pleasant Hill, Ohio 100th. Anniversary 


(July Inspirational) Roger Geaslen 





by Paul Steiner 


by Alberta Holsinger 

30 EVENT OF THE YEAR (Announcement) 








The First Brethren Church of Pleasant Hill, 
Ohio will celebrate the centennial anniversary of 
the founding of their church on July 18th. We 
wish to add our congratulations to the many 
others and express our delight in presenting the 
history of this congregation in the center pages of 
this issue as a Know Your Brethren Churches 

Recently there was an article included with the 
"THE PASTOR'S HELPER newsletter from the 
Hagerstown Brethren Church entitled THE 
CHRISTIANS by Wendell E. Kent. 

It seems that there is too much said in this day 
and age about Christians from a negative view 
point and it was refreshing to see something on 
the positive side for a change. 

We are happy to share this article with our 
readers and thank Mr. Kent for his kind permis- 
sion to reprint the article in our church organ 
as a guest editorial. (Editor's note) 

Results of balloting on the Memorial on Baptlsn 

Response by congregations: 

Yes — 84, No— 27, Tie— 3 (No vote or no re 
sponse from 4) 

Those congregations voting "Yes" represent 
ed 71% of all congregations or 75%) of thos( 
congregations voting decisively. 
Response by actual vote: 

Yes— 2,716, No— 1,526, Total— 4,242 which is 
64% Yes and 36% No. 

Tally Committee: 

Rev. Glenn Grumbling, Chm 
Mrs. Pauline Winfield 
Mr. James Payne 


While It Is Day, by Elton Trueblood. An auto 
biography. Harper & Row. 170 pages. $595. 

Where He Leads, by Dale Evans Rogers. A 
sharing of the author's pilgrimage to the Holj 
Land. Revell. 126 pages. $3.95. 

Hide Or Seek, by James Dobson. An approacl 
to self-esteem for children for parents and teach 
ers. Revell. 159 pages. $4.95. 

June 29, 1974 

Page Three 


By Ihe Way 


by Wendell E. Kent 

This pastor thinks it is time to speak up for 
the Christians as the most generous and possibly 
the least appreciated people on earth. 

Many in Africa, South America, and the Orient 
were lifted out of the darkness of paganism by 
Christians who poured millions of dollars and sac- 
rificed hundreds of lives of dedicated missionaries 
who never asked anything in return except the 
satisfaction of knowing they had rescued some 
from an eternal hell. 

When civilization was in danger of collapse in 
the dark ages, it was the church in spite of its 
faults that gave hope, encouraged a better way, 
supported the arts, promoted human decency and 
dignity, and kept the light of the gospel burning. 
Yet often the church's reward is to be ridiculed 
and slandered and downgraded. 

I know, I'm a Christian. I've heard it. 

When distant places oi>en their borders, usually 
it is Christian missionaries who are the first to 
enter, bringing both spiritual help and material 
sustenance. They do it quietly. You hear much 
more about the Peace Corps and Care and 
Project Hope, but if you travel into the back 
country of a thousand unheralded parts of this 
world, you will find there a representative of 
Jesus Christ doing a job for the Master. Some- 
times, the churches that send these ambassadors 
are struggling with problems at home. Who rush- 
es in to help? Nobody. 

I'd like to see just one of those critics of the 
church that is gloating over the problems and the 
decline of attendance and the erosion of faith 
match what the gospel of Jesus Christ has accom- 
plished in its 2000 years of existence. 

Come on. let's hear it. 

Does any other reUgion in the world have a 
Saviour to equal the Lord Jesus Christ? You talk 
about Hinduism and you get fatalism and a caste 
system that makes some people forever untouch- 
able. You talk about Buddhism and you get a 
vague, mysterious, round of ceremonies and medi- 
tations. You talk about Confuscianism and you 
get a lot of ethical lessons but no salvation and 
no hope for the future. You talk about the ancient 
religions of primitive cultures and you get fear 
and superstition and death. 

You talk about Christianity, though, and you 
get a message of hope and joy and forgiveness. 
You talk about Jesus Christ and you find an 
answer to the basic yearning of man's soul for 
peace and meaning to life. You talk about the 
Bible and find a book that remains year after year 
on the best-seller lists. 

You can talk about scandals and Christians are 
not exempt from these. They are the first to ad- 
mit that no one is immune to temptation, and any- 
one can stumble in his daily walk. But let's be 
fair about the matter. It is not among Christians 
that the divorce rate is most alarming. It is not 
among Christians that the drug problem is most 
common. It is not among Christians that crime 
and drunkenness and tax evasion and all the other 
evils of our society find their most fertile breed- 
ing ground. 

When churches are struggling to pay their bUls, 
and keep up the program they feel is important, 
who steps in to help them meet their budgets and 
send their missionaries and build their lovely 
sanctuaries that add so much to our communities ? 
They ask no outside help and they get none. They 
dig deep into their owm pockets and ask God to 
supply their needs and thank Him in advance for 
what He wUl do. 

I can name you hundreds of local congregations 
which are quietly racing to the help of spiritual 
needs around the world. They humbly seek to 
obey the commission of their Master to go into all 
the world and teach the gospel. Can you think of 
any cause more worthy of our support and ad- 
miration than that? 

Though some may be predicting the death of 
the church and some are apparently eager to see 
it happen, rest assured that the church wall emerge 
from this age of history as the one institution 
against which the gates of heU itself cannot pre- 
vail. Let the prophets of gloom remember this, 
when society crumbles under the weight of its 
own excesses of permissiveness, corruption, and 
violence, the church might be entitled to turn its 
back upon those who once spumed its message. 
But it won't. It will stiU be there, offering salva- 
tion, pointing the way, healing the wounds. 

I hope America will not be among those who 
add their voices to the chorus that would praise the 
rise of secularism and atheism, while the church, 
under God, marches on without her help under 
the banner of the cross. 

Page Four 




The Brethren Evang:elist 


By Kenneth L. Solomon 



HIM TO JESUS JOHN 1:40b, 41a. 
And thus history is repeating itself in the be- 
ginning of this missionary's ministry here in 
MedelUn, Colombia, and my joy must be similar 
to that experienced by our blessed Lord as the 
first two who made contact with him went im- 
mediately to bring others. 

In our experience here these are non-Christians 
doing (without being told or exhorted to do so) 
what many ministers of God (including this re- 

porter) have, many times unsuccessfully, tried 
to persuade Christians to do. We sense their re- 
sponse (unspoken, of course) to be quite similar 
to that of Cain "AM I MY BROTHER'S KEEP- 
ER?" And the answer of the Lord God should 
stir up all indifferent, non-witnessing Brethren to 
"be up and about their Father's business" ol 
"First finding their own brother and bringing 
him to Jesus" and then someone elses' brother 
for whom we are also responsible. Oh, that none 
ol those reading these lines shall ever have tc 
hear the words of condemnation from the lips ol 
God, as did Cain, "The voice of thy brother's blood 
crieth unto me fi'om the ground." (Gen. 4:10) 

In this respect may we also listen aind apply 
the words of the Lord as first spoken to Ezekiel, 
but as now applying to each and every bom-again 
follower of the Christ. "So thou, O son of man, I 
have set thee a watchman . . . when I say unto 
the wicked, O wicked man, thou shall surely die; 
if thou dost not speak to warn the wicked from 
his way, that wicked man shall lie in his iniquity; 
but his blood will I require at thine hand." Tc 
show that this is also applicable to New Testa 
ment times and to this "age of grace" we find 
Paul declaring: "Wherefore I take you (the elders 
of Ephesus) to record this day, that I am pure 
from the blood of all men. For I have not shunned 
to declare unto you all the counsel of Gk)d . . . 1 
have shewed you all things, how I kept back noth- 
ing that was profitable unto you, but have shewed 
you, and have taught you publicly, and from house 
to house, testifying both to the Jews, and also tc 
the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith 
toward our Lord Jesus Christ . . . how that sc 
labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to 
remember the words ol the Lord Jesus, how he 
said, 'It is more blessed to give tlian to receive.' " 
For this reason Paul could say: "I am pure from 
the blood of all men." CAN YOU? CAN I? 

And in the light of Rev. 1:6 and I Peter 2:5 
where we are told that we all (ALL TRUE 
CHRISTIANS) have been made "priests unto 
God," we dare not slough off our responsibility 
by saying "But Paul was giving this charge to 
the elders of Ephesus!" The "Priesthood of all 
believers" reveals that we all share this respon- 
sibility and have it in common. GOD FORBID 

June 29, 1974 

Page Five 

4H Events at- Krypton 

As early as January of this year there were 35 
young people in the 4H Choir preparing for the 
second annual choir performance. At this time 
they have presented "It Is Cool in the Furnace" 
twice and have three more presentations. 

Under the direction of Margaret Lowery the 4-H 
sewing program enrolled 50 students In sewing, 
crocheting and knitting projects. At the beginning 
of the year one of the 4-H girls had been selected 
as one of the most outstanding in the State of 
Kentucky with an awarding taking place in March. 
This Spring Margaret reports 22 champions in the 
4-H County event. 

4-H Sewing includes both boys and girls in 
classes of instruction and accomplishment. Pattern 

selection is most important. From a large current 
pattern book they study and decide what is best 
for their project, get pattern that meets individual 
measurements and standards of project, study 
pattern for all requirements for making garment 
and then proceed to get required materials. All is 
done to increase the knowledge and appreciation 
preparing and caring for their clothing. They 
work with the latest patterns, materials and 

May 21 the 4-H students were parading and dis- 
playing in an area event and July is the State 
Style show. Through the years many champions 
have been trained in Margaret Lowery's classes. 

Fifth Year Vests demonstration 

i-H Fourth year play outfits 


We are publishing below for the last time, the coupon for you to register for 
the special LAYMEN ALIVE training program to be held Tuesday through Satur- 
day of General Conference for three hours each afternoon. All persons over fifteen 
years old are eligible to enroll for this training. Read the article OPERATION 
ANDREW elsewhere in this issue written by missionary Kenneth L. Solomon and 
then fill in the registration below and mail it with your check IMMEDIATELY. 
Registration is LIMITED to the first sixty applications received. 

Mr., Mrs., Miss ^_ 

Street or R.F.D. 

City State 


Home Church 

Age: 15-25 26-40 over 40_ 

Enclosed is my check for $5.00 (made out to LAYMEN ALIVE) to cover reg- 
istration and aU materials for the Laymen AUve trcdning at General Conference 
August 13-17, 1974. I commit myself to participate in the entire training from 1:30 
to 4:30 P.M. on each of these five days as the Lord enables so that I might be better 
equipped to serve Him. 

This form and your check or money order should be mailed before July 26, 1974 
to the Missionary Board of the Brethren Church, 530 College Avenue, Ashland, Ohio 

Page Six 

The Brethren Evangelist 


The Missionary Board of The Brethren Church 
in cooperation with the National Woman's Mis- 
sionary Society has suggested a new plan for 
receiving and distributing clothing and miscel- 
laneous items to Kentucky. This program has 
been an important asset to the home mission out- 
reach, for hundreds of people benefit from the 
items which are sent. The clothing project has 
grown to such proportions that the process must 
be broken apart. Often the phrase is used "to mul- 
tiply, one must divide." Such is this case. By 
dividing the denomination into collection areas, 
the involvement will be multiplied. 

This is how our proposed plan will work. 
Churches in a given area will be grouped, one 
will be designated as the collection center. Items 
can be brought to the Center on a given date, 
loaded and sent. Each area of churches is respon- 
sible for organizing its own plan, and informing 
those in the area of the date for collecting, trans- 
porting and for sharing costs. The opportunity 
to be the Collection Center can shift. Packing in 
plastic trash bags is preferred to cartons. Every- 
thing MUST BE CLEAN, not necessarily pressed. 

The advantages are obvious: cooperation among 
the churches in each area, laymen involved in 
transporting will visit the home mission points, 
see the work at first-hand and perhaps work on a 
necessary project; more materials will be re- 
ceived because more churches in a smaller area 
are aware of the opportunity to help; storage and 
man-hours at the Mission Board office will be 
used in other important areas. 

Churches is distant districts are encouraged to 
find needy areas nearby where they can send 
their articles. Transportation costs rule out the 
value of sending things a great distance. 

The churches in each area have been grouped 
because they are relatively close together. How- 
ever, this is only a suggestion. Some churches have 
their own method; we do not want to disturb any 
established plan. The asterisk indicates the church 
where the Woman's Missionary Society will be 


* North Liberty 
South Bend 
Winding Waters 

*North Manchester 

College Comer 




Fort Wayne 









* Goshen 
New Paris 

"Brighton Chapel 








* Brush Valley 

Pleasant View 


Johnstown I, II, III 




Jones Mills 



Wayne Heights 

Quiet Dell 



White Dale 

Mt. Olive 

St. Luke 



Kimsey Run 

*St. James 





*Oak Hill 


responsible for initiatin 

g the first plan for collect 

• 2. 

ing and distributing. 









Cerro Gordo 





Cedar Falls 

North Georgetown 


*New Lebanon 




* Pleasant Hill 

West Alexandria 




*Park St. - Ashland 


Garber - Ashland 





Smith vllle 


These guidelines will help in collecting items: 
1. Clothing for all ages, need not be sorted, have 
all belts attached to garment. 
Bedding and household articles 
Quilt scraps 
Fabrics, mill ends, etc. 

Literature for DVBS and Camp for small chil- 
dren through intermediate age level: Sunday 
School papers and workbooks, clean and un- 
used; pictures; crafts. 

Books for lending library — good Christian 
fiction — no heavy reading material. 
For VBS, Camp and Rallies 

a. foil plates and TV trays 

b. plastic ware (knives, forks, spoons, etc.) 

c. cheese and oleo cartons 

d. Christmas and greeting cards (all addresses 
and messages removed) 

Shoes — at least C width 
Socks — roll pair together 

June 29, 1974 

Page Seven 

Do not send: 

1. Narrow shoes with high heels 

2. High School and College textbooks 

3. S. S. quarterlies, Evangelists, Decision Maga- 
zines, Christian Digest or Reader, etc. 

4. Outdated patterns — all 4H'ers have to use cur- 
rent patterns and techniques. 

If you have questions, solve them by using your 
own good judgment (every situation will be dif- 

ferent), or write to the Missionary Board office 
for clarification. The Special Ministries Commis- 
sion of the Missionary Board and the Woman's 
Missionary Society representatives are anxious to 
help this benevolent part of your program. To- 
gether we realize the importance of sharing our 
unneeded with those who need. "Inasmuch as ye 
have done it unto one of the least of these, my 
brethren, ye have done it unto me." 


A fiam Mitiita Minittfy in S(. Pitinbarg. FlttHi 

Pkil&Jmlinek 'S^. 
Btani* Mtaiit 



Schedule of "Northern" 



Led by Brethren House Staff 

The KEY WORDS describing Brethren House 

— Involvement 

— Experiencing 

— Moving Around 

— Experimenting 

— Relaxing 
The emphasis is on "learning by doing," with 
a limited amount of sitting and listening. 

The place of each Workshop will be set up as 
a Learning Center with lots of tape recorders, 
tapes, crafts, records, filmstiips, kits, books, 
games, etc. You may choose those areas of special 
interest to you and examine the materials at your 
own speed. Bonnie, Jean and Phil will be present 
to answer questions and guide our working togeth- 
er in learning. 

Each Workshop consists of two sessions — each 
2% hours in length. (Those with the second ses- 
sion on Saturday morning may extend to early 
afternoon, if the participants desire). Those attend- 
ing the Worlcshops should plan to attend both 
sessions, for both are a part of one unit of train- 
ing. The first gives an introduction and oppor- 
tunity to experience the "atmosphere" of a Learn- 
ing Center. The second builds on that experience 
and delves into the details of organizing and de- 
veloping materials for an effective Learning 

Following is a listing of the location of each 
AREA WORKSHOP. Brethren are invited to 
attend any of the Workshops they can get to. 


July 26 (Friday) at 7:00 p.m. 

July 27 (Saturday) at 9:30 a.m. 
First Brethren Church 
215 W. Clinton Street 
Contact: Rev. Spencer Gentle 

July 28 (Sunday) at 7:00 p.m. 

July 29 (Monday) at 7:00 p.m. 
First Brethren Church 
135 E. Main at Clay Street 
Contact: Rev. Kenneth Howard 

July 30 (Tuesday) at 7:00 p.m. 

July 31 (Wednesday) at 7:00 p.m. 
First Brethren Church 
Junction of County Roads C and 13 

(Near Rts. 2, 6 and 15 south of Bryan) 
Contact: Rev. Myron Dodds (Rt. 4, Bryan) 

August 2 (Friday) at 7:00 p.m. 

August 3 (Saturday) at 9:30 a.m. 
Winding Waters Brethren Church 
111 W. Midlake Road 
Contact: Rev. Fred Finks 

August 5 (Monday) at 7:00 p.m. 

August 6 (Tuesday) at 7:00 p.m. 
First Brethren Church 
1101 E. Main Street 
Contact: Rev. Charles Lowmaster 

August 7 (Wednesday) at 7:00 p.m. 

August 8 (Thursday) at 7:00 p.m. 
Trinity Brethren Church 
455 55th Street, N.W. 
Contact: Rev. John Byler 

August 9 (Friday) at 7:00 p.m. 

August 10 (Saturday) at 9:30 a.m. 
Smithville Brethren Church 
193 E. Main Street 
Contact: Rev. Larry BoUnger 

Page Eight 

The Brethren Evangelist 


Dear Brethren, 

It has been a long time since ive have 
ivritten a general letter to all of you, and 
many ivonderful things have been happen- 
ing in our tvork here. Therefore, decided it 
was time to share a bit ivith all of you. 

Since the Logans left Argentina ifi 
December, we have been very busy. The 
week before Christmas the Nunez Church 
sponsored a tent campaign on a vacant lot 
just a couple blocks from the church. We 
had nightly meetings for ten nights, tvith 
variotis speakers and special musical groups. 
At the same time, a Vacation Bible School 
was held every morming for the children. 
I helped the teachers tvith handcrafts in the 
morning and played the accordion along 
tvith Adriana Rivero's guitar for the con- 
gregational singing each evening. Bill, of 
course, helped out tvith sound equipment and 

In January, tve took a short vacation in- 
cluding a tveek at Camp Diquecito in Cor- 
doba. This tvas a tveek of family camp, tvith 
all ages included. Pastor Tomcis Mulder tvas 
the camp dean and tve had 91 campers. The 
adults tvere led by Pastor Ray Aspitmll iti 
a sttcdy of Ephesians 4. The yotith shared a 
great deal tvith a guest, Pastor Pachaiian 
and tvere inspired greatly by him. Several 
of the tvomen, including Marilyn Aspinall 
and myself took ttirns leading the children's 
meetings. A tvonderful time of fellotvship 
tvas had by all and there tvere no signs of 
the famous "generation gap." 

Before returning home, tve spent a tveek- 
end tvith the Jorge Puch family in order to 
visit the Cordoba Church. 

We tvere home about a month before 
leaving again for Soldini for the annual 
Spirittml Conference, February 23-26. There 
tvere about 250 registered plus those tvho 
came in for just a few hours or a day. The 

fellotvship and sharing tvere tvonderful. 
Again, the age groups tvere divided so that 
everyone presettt benefitted from the cotifer- 
ence. A group from Child Evangelism led 
the children's meetings and I helped them 
tvith the nursery-aged children during the 
daytime sessions, but tvas free to attetid the 
evetiing sessions and help out tvith the music. 
And then, of course, tve all had our turns at 
serving the tables, cleaning the kitchen atid 
tvashitig the "ollas" (pots and pans). 

Follotving this conference, tve tvent home 
tvith Pastor and Mrs. Robert Marchesse to 
Victotna in the province of Entre Rios and 
spent ttvo blessing -filled days tvith them. 
This family lives in a very humble, but beau- 
tiftdly kept home and they tvork tvith some 
of the poorest, financially speaking, of our 
Argentine Brethren. This jjastor assists in 
the tvork of three annexes besides the main 
church beside his home. He is a truly dedi- 
cated man, and his people are inch iti the 
things of God, although they lack many ma- 
terial goods. Their faces glow tvith the love 
God has given them. 

Since tve arrived home on March U, tve 
have been extra busy. We began a choir here 
in our local church about the middle of March 
and began preparing an Easter program. 
We put together a group of 12 hymns tvith 
scripture readings interspersed to tell the 
story of Christ's last days on earth — from 
Palm Stmday through the giving of the Great 
Commission. We had 14- voices besides Bill, 
tvho directed, and I, tvho played the organ. 
We held 3 practices a tveek and performed 
our program both Saturday and Sunday 
nights of Holy Week. Follotving the program, 
the majority voted to continue the choir, 
so tve are now preparing music for our Sun- 
day evening tvorship services. We praise the 
Lord for this shotv of interest in beautifying 
the services. 

June 29, 1974 

Page Nine 

About the same time ive started the choir, 
tve also began a contest in our Sunday 
School, which averages about iO-45 regular 
attenders. The children received points for 
attendance, arriving on time, bringing vis- 
itors, saying their memory verses and for 
good conduct. The piano tvas decorated ivith 
a net, seashells and a treasure box which 
we asked the adults to help fill with a special 
offering according to the number of points 
that the children earned. The contest closed 
the last Sunday of April — and now, the 
happy surprise! The Nunez Sunday School 
wishes to present $50.00 to the Missionar^y 
Board to help ivith the founding of the netv 
work in Colombia, to be v^ed as needed, for 
literature, equipment or whatever need is 
most urgent. A prize ivas also aivarded to 
the winner in each class and we are enclos- 
ing a photo of the loinners — 
Nursery — Heidi Winter 
Beginners — Claudia Sardell and 

Todd Winter 
Primary — Oscar Cubilla 
Juniors — Patricia Rivero 
Intermediate — Gladys Alberti 
And so, you see, tve again praise God be- 
cause his folloivers here in Argentina are 
also looking out beyond themselves to the 
needs of the Colombian people and in this 
manner are follotving Christ's command in 
Matthew 28:19 and Acts 1:8. 

These are the highlights of our tvork so far 
this year. The Nunez Church has also start- 
ed an annex in a suburb about 10 miles from 
here. We go there every Sunday afternoon 

Nunez S.S. tvinner — Gladys Alberti, Patricia 

Rivero, Oscar Cubilla, Tod Winter, 

Claudia Sardella, and Heidi Winter 

at 5:30, arriving back in Nunez ju^t in time 
for our evening service here. At present, we 
are averaging 15-20 in attendance in this 
new tvork. 

We thank you for your continued prayer 
support and your personal letters. We ask 
your patience as you aivait ansivers. I try 
to ansiver each letter personally and some- 
times it takes atvhile to get to them, 
but tve appreciate each and every one and 
think of you all often. We are looking for- 
tvard to meeting a number of you when we 
come home on furlough. 

Your co-tuorker in Christ, 
Sharon Winter 

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The Brethren Evangelist 




LAUSANNE, Switzerland — Evangelism which 
ignores the social situation of the people for whom 
it is intended is less than effective because it is 
less than biblical. Writers from Argentina, Eng- 
land, Peru and the United States make this asser- 
tion in the final group of position papers going to 
the 2,700 participants in the forthcoming Inter- 
national Congress on World Evangelization. 

Authors of the four study documents appeal 
to the evangelical leaders meeting here in July to 
rediscover the evangelistic approaches of the first 
century Christiain church. 

Rene Padilla 

"In the light of the biblical teaching there is 
no place for an 'otherworldliness' that does not 
result in the Christian's commitment to his neigh- 
bour, rooted in the Gospel," writes Rene Padilla of 
Buenos Aires, in a paper entitled, "Evangelization 
and the World." He is associate general secretary 
for Latin America of the International Fellowship 
of Evangelical Students. 

Padilla declares, "According to the New Testa- 
ment, Jesus Christ is not the saviour of a sect, 
but rather 'the saviour of the world.' The world 
is the object of God's love. Jesus Christ is the 
Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the 
world." The Latin American student worker 
appeals for recovery of what he describes as "re- 
pentance ethics" as a part of evangelism. He notes, 
"This call to repentance throws into relief the 
social dimension of the Gospel. It comes to man 
enslaved by sin in a specific social situation, not 
to a 'sinner' in the abstract." 

Both the extreme of a secular theology that 
aims for an earthly Utopia and the extreme of a 
concept of salvation that speaks only of prepara- 
tion of the soul for the hereafter are rejected by 
Padilla. While denying the universalism of some 
contemporary theologians who claim that all men 
are saved, he urges a universal call to faith that 
permeates all of life. 

Samuel Escobar- 

Another South American, Samuel Escobar, 
warns evangelicals against reducing the Gospel 
or mutilating it "to eliminate any demands for 
the fruit of repentance and any aspect that would 
make it unpsilatable to a nominally Christian 
society." , 

Escobar, a native of Peru, is currently working 
in Canada as the general secretary of that na- 
tion's Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship. His con- 
gress paper is entitled, "Evangelization and Man's 
Search for Freedom, Justice and Fulfillment." 

"Not only does the message of the Gospel have 
a transforming content," the Peruvian writes, "a 
study of the Bible shows that it also has a con- 
text. The people who hear the Gosj>el have certain 
expectations, hopes and needs for which Christ 
provides the answer. The message 'makes sense' 
as it touches deep-seated needs which are felt in 
a different way in every person." 

Early Christians steadfastly refused to change 
the message in order to get a better hearing or 
more quantitative results, Escobar notes. He cau- 
tions the contemporary church to be equally 

"Once and for all," the Inter- Varsity executive 
declares, "we should get rid of the false notion 
that concern for the social implications of the 
Gospel and the social dimensions of witnessing 
comes from false doctrine or lack of evangelical 
conviction. Contrariwise, it is concern for the 
integrity of the Gospel that motivates us to stress 
its social dimension." 

Both the early church and some 20th century 
believers in the non-Western world can teach a 
lesson on evangelism to Western evangelicals, 
according to another congress speaker. 

June 29, 1974 

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Michael Green 

Ralph D. Winter 

"Certainly a Western Christian such as myself 
can only hang his head in shame when comparing 
our own approach to evangelism with that of the 
early Christian, and with that of contemporary 
Christians in many developing countries," writes 
Michael Green, principal of St. John's College, 
Nottingham, England. His paper's title is "Methods